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Not that I needed another reason to adore Christian Bale, but... 
11th-Nov-2006 08:48 pm
We saw the film The Prestige earlier today.




It was easily one of the best drama/suspense/thriller films I've ever seen. I haven't seen the betrayal/revenge dichotomy played out this well since Dangerous Liasons, which is my favorite story ever on these subjects. Absolutely stunning cast including Christian Bale (UNGH!), Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, & Michael Caine. Synopsis via Rotten Tomatoes:
British director Christopher Nolan's (BATMAN BEGINS) eclectic resume gains another interesting entry with THE PRESTIGE. The basic plot, which concerns the rivalry between two magicians in early 20th-century London, closely resembles a fellow 2006 movie--Edward Norton's THE ILLUSIONIST--and the two films are sure to be closely compared. In Nolan's film, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale bring the characters of Rupert Angier and Alfred Bordon to life. Rupert and Alfred were young magician apprentices together, but became bitter rivals as their careers began to shape their adult lives and a terrible accident claimed the life of Rupert's wife. In the subsequent years Rupert has become wildly jealous of Alfred's superior talents, so in a last ditch attempt to steal some artistic ground he sends his assistant, Olivia (Scarlett Johansson), to infiltrate his rival's lair and steal the secret to a spectacular trick called "The Transported Man."

Nolan's film twists and turns down a number of unexpected avenues as it flits back and forth between numerous time periods, creating a movie that needs to be watched as closely as the tricks his leading characters perform. Bale and Jackman perfectly execute their roles, winding up the tension to an unbearable degree as they willfully enter into some dangerously competitive patterns of behavior. Michael Caine makes his second appearance in a Nolan film, almost reprising his role of Alfred in BATMAN BEGINS by playing Cutter, Jackman's mentor; and Johansson pouts and flounces across the elaborate sets like a classic Hollywood screen siren. Stylistically, THE PRESTIGE is full of dark, gloomy colors and a palpable feeling of menace, which is an impeccable visual match for the viewer's growing unease as the protagonists push each other to increasingly ridiculous lengths. It's not an easy film to digest, but Nolan's movie offers intelligent and challenging viewing that will likely reveal further cinematic magic on repeated viewings.
This movie is fucking brilliant - do yourself a favor and see it.

The Prestige Trailer
12th-Nov-2006 02:13 am (UTC)
I saw this the first weekend it came out. I ignored The Illusionist just so that I could savor my magician love just for The Prestige cuz of the Jackman/Bale factor.

It was a brilliant movie, very, very suspenseful. I really enjoyed the second half of the movie's sci-fi aspect. An unusual turn for such a film. Overall, it was great... mos def a recommended DVD purchase.

12th-Nov-2006 02:19 am (UTC)
We saw it last weekend and I agree...what a great flick. We love Christian Bale, ever sonce Velvet Goldmine and I thought he was particularly engaging in this film. I like a cockney accent!

What a film though, eh? Visually enctrancing (My god, Scarlett in those stage costumes? Be still my dykey heart!) Hugh Jackman with his rightous "You killed my wife and so now I get to do whatever I want" attitude and his Studly looks, David Bowie with a Van Helsing accent, Andy Serkis not all Gollum-y and a story that kicked ass quite resoundingly. Oh...and can I say Michael Caine is the best thing since sliced bread? Yes.

A great flick. I liked The Illusionist But The Prestige was words better as far as storyline.

12th-Nov-2006 02:42 am (UTC)
It was a really great flick. It is unfortunate when movies with similiar themes end up being released close by. I loved both The Prestige and The Illusionist for completely different reasons, but unfortunately they will inevitably get lumped in together.

Christian Bale is very hot, but I must admit to have a particular weakness for shirtless Hugh Jackman.
12th-Nov-2006 04:22 am (UTC)
I just got back from seeing it and while I loved it in general, I do have a few complaints - The foreshadowing and symbolism were a little too heavy-handed for my tastes (the birds, for example) and did too much in the way of precipitating the end result. I wasn't able to wonder as much as I would have liked because too much was explained and if too much was just plain given away by some early establishing shots. Also, and this may just be my personal hang-up, I can't stand Christian Bale and I wish that another actor was in that role. I just went to kick him in the teeth whenever his face is on screen.

That said, even my loathing of him couldn't make me dislike this film, which was beautiful overall. And David Bowie as Nikola Tesla is more or less my wet dream come true.
14th-Nov-2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Darius and I went to see The Prestige as soon as it came out.
He has been looking forward to it, but he had no idea where it was going to go.
We did enjoy it, but when someone asked me to describe the movie, the only word I gave them was "disturbing".
It is deeply, intensely, disturbing... which is what made it such a fantastic movie.

And I completely agree on Dangerous Liasons. Absolutely fantastic movie.
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