Movie Review: The Prestige ****/*****

‘That was crazy!’ was my response at the end of this movie. Yes, it is a good movie, but very far fetched. And that is what ruins it for the film.

The movie has an interesting and original plot that revolves around the lives of two magicians, whose rivalries escalate into an obsession to outdo the other, resulting in one disaster after the other.

Lies, secrecy, betrayal and dirty tricks are weaved into most of the movie, that ends with an unpredictable twist – which I guess lead me to the ‘that was crazy’ reaction.

A magician’s life (even in the Victorian era) is fascinating, so unless you find magic boring, it will keep you entertained from beginning to end. But, as much as the film will grip you throughout, there is enough time for conversation during scenes.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, the sets, art direction and cinematography is very well done with tremendous attention to detail; and although the acting overall is excellent, the English accents of Michael Caine and Christian Bale in the film are raw and annoying. Scarlett Johansson is at her sexiest, Rebecca Hall is a fine actress, and Hugh Jackman is gorgeous.

Worth it, as long as you are watching closely.

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  1. I think The Prestige is a wonderfully directed and acted film with a great script and wonderful setting. Hugh Jackman takes the acting honours, he can really capture the English Aristocratic accent together with a superb feeling for the many emotions of Angier and the two cameos were fun. Bale is very good but really did not get a handle on the Cockney accent but they very well supported by Michael Caine and David Bowie.

    I found myself on the edge of my seat all the way through the film and followed it very well although I did get a shock at the end. I am looking forward to the DVD because this is film to watch more than once so much more will be seen from it. Congratulations to a really strong and superb film for 2006 – one that is intriging and makes you think.

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