Friday, January 19, 2007
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.