I’m a fan of Christopher Nolan’s work. Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and Memento are all amazing. The Prestige was one that had passed me by, but I was determined to watch it this year. I was extremely pleased with this film and think it’s one that everyone should see. It should be no surprise that I give The Prestige the Must See rating.
Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are both stage magicians that are engaged in a competitive battle of one-upmanship over a personal conflict. Each are striving to create the ultimate stage illusion, but their drive to out do each other could be their downfall.
The cast of this film is pretty amazing with the leads of Jackman and Bale joined by Michael Caine, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis, and David Bowie. However, as the side characters well performed, they are definitely overshadowed by the leads. Both Bale and Jackman were really great on screen. Their rivalry is so interesting and their acting really sells it.
Nolan’s plot structure is as interesting as the story itself. We begins towards the end and through a series of different flashbacks guided through journals deliver the narrative. It could have been confusing, but I found it easy to follow and extremely compelling. My favorite aspect is Michael Caine’s voice over in the beginning of the film describing the three acts of an illusion. The story parallels this bit of information and helped me spot a part of the ending. However, much like a magician, one story completely distracted me from another leading to a twist I was somewhat blindsided by. It worked for me perfectly.
Nolan definitely speaks my film language. My least favorite film of his so far has to be The Dark Knight Rises. Even with the variety of issues I have with that film there are so many great moments. I love how big he goes with his film production. I recommend most of his movies and hope to catch Insomnia sometime soon.