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Christian Bale, David Bowie, Michael Caine, Scarlett
||The magic would be
cool, but for the most part they'd be bored.
||It's good for the
both of you.
||Some shooting and
||All of the magic
scenes were pretty cool.
Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas
During "The Prestige" the narrator, Cutter (Michael Caine),
explains that as we watch The Prestige part of a magic act,
sure there is the part of us that would like to know how it
is done, but for the most part, we donít want to know
because that would, in the end, ruin our fascination with
magic. I say, "Screw that." I want to know how the trick is
done, down to every detail, and you know what, knowing that
will make seeing the trick just as cool. Maybe Iím not like
everyone else. Anyway, letís get to "The Prestige."
A Movie Review
Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian
Bale) are rival magicians. At first they are lowly helpers
for a generic magician in England, but then tragedy strikes,
and Robert blames Alfred for the death. And so, as our two
power players try to stake their claim as the best magician
in England, they tend to keep sabotaging each other, and
trying to make the otherís life miserable. So goes most of
the movie. Alfred falls in love and has a kid, much to the
dismay of Robert, Robert has a great trick which Alfred
destroys by wearing a disguise. Alfred comes up with this
great trick about a man who transports himself, and now, the
trick is really if Robert can figure out how Alfred does it.
The thing is that both men are obsessed, only one man has a
better secret than the other but Iím not going to give that
away, although I will say that secret is not Nikola Tesla,
played by David Bowie.
There is love in the movie, as Robert has one, Julia
(Piper Perabo), loses it, then falls for Olivia (Scarlett
Johansson), but screws that up too. Alfred has his, Sarah
(Rebecca Hall), but only on certain days. Meanwhile, Cutter
is doing his best just to try and keep the two fools from
destroying each other.
I would really like to give a better synopsis than that,
but in doing so it would give way too many things away. In
then end both men have fabulous tricks, one a little more
diabolical than the other, and pretty much they both get
Christopher Nolan, the director of "The Prestige," does a
great job at keeping you guessing throughout the film, and
Iíve got to give great acting props to Hugh Jackman and
Christian Bale for playing their parts as rivals perfectly.
The only problem I did have with the movie, and it was a big
problem, was there were a lot of times it seemed to drag,
and although some may say every scene was necessary for the
full plot development, I say thatís crap because some scenes
just were like "come on already, I want to know how Alfred
As much as I was fascinated, and kept trying to figure
out the magic involved, there were just too many times when
I just wanted them to get on with it. I know the scenes were
cinematic and what-not, but sometimes Iíve got no time for
what-not, I just want the answer, and for me, "The Prestige"
took too long to give it to me. It is a really good movie,
but for too many slow times Iíve got to only give it 3 Ĺ
stars out of 5. Iíd say it would still be a good full-price
film, just be ready for the 2 ľ hours of it.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!