Magic tricks and film are perfect combination together because both art forms are made to trick and twist people into believing what the magician wants us to believe. This film is told in three different time periods demanding concentration but rewards those who keep their attention. Hard to complain about the production values and the script is strong with a cool twist.
Christopher Nolan never disappoints. The Prestige is a excellent movie about movie magic. The mise-en-scen of this movie is one of my favorites keeping the verisimilitude of the movie intact with excellent costumes that double as props for the actual characters who constantly get back at each other. It is an excellent rivalry with a sympathetic villain featuring a recurring cast of actors.
While the narrative contrivances fall apart when placed under rigorous scrutiny, the film still works. Nolan's study of rivalry & obsession is compelling enough, but is more compelling in its exploration of the filmmaker's own aesthetic approach. His obsession with doubling; his need for twists; his habit of demystifying fantasy through a lens of the mundane; all find an expression in this surprisingly personal work.
Non ricco ed intricato quanto gli altri lavori dei fratelli Nolan e nemmeno all'altezza della sua reputazione, francamente, ma ciononostante rimane un film che si fa guardare volentieri. Il soggetto è interessante ma non eccezionalmente sviluppato, mentre il Nolan alla regia porta a casa anche questa volta un voto positivo. Un buon modo per passare due ore, nulla di più. Filmone mancato.
A steely trifle. Oddly likable in spite of itself! I'm sure a lot of us like the idea of being a stage magician with a terrible vendetta. It would definitely provide one's life with a good narrative. Also admirable for having a sound design that does a lot of heavy lifting w/r ensuring that the audience can follow its convoluted narrative. A good one for aspiring film-makers to study, if not to love.
This is far from as smart and serious as Nolan likes to fancy it is, but still a good bit of fun. Once you start going from journal, to journal, and revealing a secret inside another secret - it becomes predictable and repetitive. But again, aside from these (expected) flaws - it is has some beautiful sequences and exciting performances.
This is Nolan's most misunderstood film - a real classic. Powerful story about self sacrifice and a narrative structure that shows the same sleight of hand as the magicians it portrays. Shot in a brilliantly intimate and modern way despite the period setting. Hugh Jackman gives one if the best performances in his career.
An extraordinary piece on obsession, sacrifice and, as with other Nolan works, the creative process itself. Twist follows turn and you may even think you've got it all worked out until the final hammer blow. Is it possible to push too hard and have the movie collapse in around you? Perhaps, but I was fortunate enough to be swept along like a mystified audience member bewildered by a new trick.
THE PRESTIGE owes an acknowledged favor to the Quay Brothers—intricately designed, the tone and montage function like clockwork. This was Nolan's last 'psychological thriller' before transforming into unrepentant Hollywood showman (INCEPTION, INTERSTELLAR). Themes of obsession and revenge muscle past romantic subplots. Wally Pfister's camera captures the finest details. And what a treat to watch David Bowie as Tesla.