The Prestige

Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Novel by Christopher Priest

Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Joansson, Piper Perabo, David Bowie, Andy Serkis, Daniel Davis, Roger Rees, Samantha Mahurin. 

In the 1890’s two up and coming magicians, find themselves intertwined in a years long battle to outdo each other and become the worlds greatest magician, and showing the world, the worlds greatest trick.

One of Nolan’s most popular films, it is visually stunning – with stellar performances by the leads – who are continuously at odds with one another. 

As the obsession between the two men intensifies, some of the side characters are the ones who suffer. For that reason I wasn’t overly fond of the characters themselves. 

The non linear narrative is fairly easy to follow, but it needs strong attention to understand some of what is going on. The story jumps around a little at times along a few years, and one could easily get lost.

I did enjoy the twists at the end, and thought they worked well – it does change the interpretation of some characters, and how you feel about them.

The score by Nolan’s early collaborator, David Julyan, and this would be their final time working together. It is a subtle score, and complements the film nicely. I almost thought it was Nolan’s next long time collaborator Hans Zimmer, as they have a similar sound.

While I did enjoy this, I will be one of the people who didn’t love the film.  


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