Fave Films: The Prestige
“Are you watching closely?”
The Prestige is yet another mesmerizing film helmed by Christopher Nolan. A masterpeice in most respects, it sucks the audience in with its complex and riveting narrative and benefits from an amazing cast and fantastic production choices. So often movies which play like a puzzle don’t hold up well upon repeat viewings, but The Prestige not only holds up, it flourishes. Every viewing reveals more of the impressive way Nolan foreshadows what’s to come, giving the viewer everything they need without resorting to cheats. Every detail is thought out, every clue carefully placed. With its opening voiceover, Michael Caine informs the viewer exactly what the film will accomplish and how you will feel. It works as an epic tale of obsession and revenge, and it works as a magic trick all itself. But beneath the illusions and misdirection lies an impressively deep tale with a lot on its mind. Keep an eye out for a great performance by David Bowie as well as impired turns by leads Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman.
“Now you’re looking for the secret. But you won?t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.”
This one will have you wanting to see it again as soon as it ends.