The Prestige Reviews
Ending is so weak. Magic is not worth the pain.
Beats Batman Begins
I just wish more people could've watched it.
This truly incredible magical trickery is only possible though (in the words of the film itself in fact) if there's a show to distract the audience from their own willing ignorance, and on that front Nolan amazingly delivers what is probably his most immersive character experience of all (in part thanks to his incredible lead actors) that not only brings another layer of brilliance to the whole experience, but also serves to prove that Nolan is completely bang-on about what he's saying - we don't really want to know the truth after all.
As a result of all this, The Prestige is one of the few films that literally lays out its stance on its ideas and actually succeeds, as not only does it do so completely in the shadow of your absorption; it also genuinely proves everything to you by the end. You've been completely fooled, and the fact it's so engaging and deceptive means that even after countless re-watches, Nolan is proved so right, and equally proved as the directorial king of this generation.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Nolan is right. Once you fully know the secret, even though you want to be fooled, the final Prestige can lose some of its first gut-punching impact.
VERDICT: 'The Prestige' is a two-hour magic trick? with an awful lot to tell and an equal amount to engage. Christopher Nolan's best film is pure, brilliant genius, and it will always be one if my all-time favourites.
- Fantastic Acting
- Amazing Direction
- Very Interesting Plot
- Brilliant Cinematography
- Terrific Script
- Magnificent Editing
- Shocking Plot Twist
- Very Complex Themes
- Visually Appealing in terms of Production Design and Costumes
- A Little Bit Draggy
Overall: A (9.5/10)
The story of the film follows with Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, stage magicians performers in late 19th century London and America . Both obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. It also stars Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, and Rebecca Hall.
The one thing that I like about the prestige is his ambition, of how competition works mainly with the two actors Christian Bale and Huge Jackman, both did a fantastic job with the characters. For saying that I love Christopher Nolan's films, it's very ambitious and ambiguous. It does show the weakness of the story. I have never read the book, for seeing this film back into 2007, it's really quite curious to read the book.
The moral of the story is really shows by what competition can drive through and vengeful revenge to one another. It shows it's human progression of competition. It's not really mainly on the performance of magic. What Christopher Nolan was trying to drive through is competition and revenge.
I really do like the prestige, I just wish that the film had a stronger ending to it. In the middle of the film I quite know what's going on and how the magicians was doing there bitting onto one another. The cinematography is really good, the direction is really good, but this is one of the stories that I just cannot related to a Christopher Nolan Film. But the ambition of the film of humanity of competition and revenge is such a key to this movie.
Grade: 8.5/ 10