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The Prestige Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ April 22, 2017
Easily one of Nolan's best movies. Even if the "twists" are somewhat obvious, the they still carry real emotional weight.
April 8, 2017
Christopher Nolan crafts The Prestige with intense to detail and accuracy much like a magic trick. He hides all the elements to the climactic ending in plain sight and within reach of the audience. But does not act upon until the audience is filled with suspense and thinks they have it figured out. While the plot progresses very slowly, the over arcing story is very captivating and leaves viewers at the edge of their seat. The rivalry between the two young magicians escalates and intensifies with each magic act. It shows the consequences of passion and competition becoming obsession and hatred. The Prestige has a very stacked cast with great performances all around from Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, and Scarlett Johansson. With great direction by Christopher Nolan, The Prestige is a film many viewers have slept on. A film that will leave the audience with a sense of awe, much like a magic trick.
April 4, 2017
This is a good movie as a whole but I feel that Nolan overdid it on the plot twists this time. In my opinion, Memento and Inception are much better films.

2 rival stage magicians attempt to outdo one another by performing their magic show and trying to cause as much damage as possible to the other one's career after a tragic accident.

The films score is just okay. It fits great with the movie but I didn't find it as listenable on its own. Its combination of notes and chords isn't anything new that we haven't seen before. I feel that its music is just sound effects which are choreographed well with the film.

Nolan is known for his elaborate, non-linear movie plots. Here, he relied on plot twist after plot twist before the final major plot twist at the end. Although this made for some good scenes, I feel that he overdid it way too much. After 1 plot twist happens, it confuses you for a bit. But before you're able to catch your breath, the movie hits you with another plot twist and it makes you more frustrated. The movie does it several times during the movie. I was eventually able to understand its plot but I didn't have as much fun trying to figure it out as I did with Nolan's other movies. Also, you have to suspend a lot of disbelief at the ending. I felt like it was done just for the sake of it in this case.

However, despite what I said, I do feel that this is a pretty good movie. It has great acting from Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, great cinematography and lighting, and most of the film up to the end is thoroughly entertaining. It's really only the ending which truly upset me. So in conclusion, this is a nice film and all but I've personally seen better movies from Nolan.
March 25, 2017
My favorite film of all time! 76%?!! NO!!!! IT DESERVES AT LEAST A 90!!! A great cast pulling off some o f their best performances, fantastic cinematography and art direction and a fantastic, suspenseful story that will have you watching it again just so you can catch everything. I won't give anything away but i will say one thing: Are you watching closely?
March 20, 2017
I wanted to see this movie because I'm a big Michael Caine fan. However, Caine has relatively little to do although he is in a lot of scenes. The movie is supposed to be suspenseful but if it's many turns and two very unsympathetic leads characters just make it a weird and un-entertaining experience.
March 5, 2017
One of my favorite movies, inception-level suspense, brilliant acting, a must watch for anyone enamored by the 19th century and illusionists.
March 5, 2017
Extremely entertaining, intense, original, & the twist blew my mind. 9/10
½ March 5, 2017
Very good movie about magic and the humans who weild it...i enjoyed it alot
½ February 26, 2017
A twisting, surprising film that challenges your mind as well as having a relatively straitforwards plot. The acting, the visual style and Christopher Nolan's direction are all great. The emotion feels genuine and the twists are shocking.
February 15, 2017
Damn this is fucking awesome ????
February 13, 2017
One of Nolan's best films to date.
February 10, 2017
The prestige, like Christopher Nolan himself, is miles ahead of its time. Quite frankly, it is nothing short of a masterpiece. No other director puts as much effort and subliminal thought into each take like he does. Even little parts of the film that you don't think mean anything become crucial parts of the story. The cast are all brilliant with Hugh Jackman giving the performance of his career. You spend the entire film trying to figure things out like which of the two is the villain of the film but there is no clear villain. Nolan leaves you wondering even until the final shot.
January 29, 2017
Keeps you on the edge of the seat till the end
Super Reviewer
½ January 26, 2017
The Prestige, a story about magicians, is much alike a magic trick itself - deceiving and captivating from start to finish.
January 25, 2017
Satanically good. My favourite Nolan, on par with Memento.
January 23, 2017
Great lead performances, brilliant editing techniques, and a chilling story make watching The Prestige an unforgettable experience every time.
January 14, 2017
A film that is so rewarding to watch the second time, The Prestige works not only as an excellent period piece, but as one of the most thoughtful, intriguing, and masterfully executed mystery pieces I have witnessed. No doubt one of Christopher Nolan's most underrated works.
½ January 12, 2017
"A secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for, is everything."
January 8, 2017
Nolan's Batman movies are not my cup of tea but this movie was something quite extraordinary. I loved this cat and mouse chase between the two protagonists and I loved finding out what was really going on. It was a pretty amazingly synthesized movie, quite amazingly directed by Nolan. An amazing journey and quite the ride, it kept me interested all the time and I loved it by the end. A spectacular work!
½ January 5, 2017
This is a nice looking picture with an especially lovely cast - but boy was it hard to follow with the misdirections of magic, doubles, & complicated by editing that kept jumping back & forth in place & time. In other words, while pretty at which to look, good luck at figuring out much more than the big picture story - 2 guys going at each other in the field of illusion and disillusion - and leaving pretty women damaged in their wake. This flick may be just too fancy for its own good. But give it a look and see what you think ...
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