Movie Review: The Prestige (2006)


Magic and illusions are two things I have always been interested in. Looking at these impossible situations and wondering “How in the hell did they do that?”. As some of you may know, I am a big fan of the movie “The Illusionist” which strangely came out the same year as this. Oh well, time to finally review this.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… “The Prestige”.

In this movie we follow magicians Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and how their friendship turns into a rivalry where they always try to one-up each other. But doing this makes their rivalry more and more bitter and I’m not gonna say more because this plot is too good to say too much about. This plot is incredibly well-written and full of twists. Usually in movies when you have a lot of twists it just feels forced and it feels like there are too many twists, but in this movie all twists come together nicely into a tight and complex package. This plot also tests the audience at all times, so keep close attention at all times. And I love that.

The characters are all very interesting and have complex arcs. Hugh Jackman gives an excellent performance, as does Christian Bale… and Michael Caine. Scarlett Johansson was also great in the movie. And I am just as surprised as you when I am saying that David Bowie was great in the movie. Yeah, THAT David Bowie… he plays Nikola Tesla in the movie. In fact, everybody were great in the movie. And it was fun seeing Andy Serkis playing something that did not require motion capture and CGI.

The score for this movie was done by David Julyan, the same guy who did the score for Christopher Nolan’s 2002 movie “Insomnia”. And it was really good. It really fit the mystic and complex style of this movie. It also helped to capture the suspense of the scenes in the movie. It was overall just really good.

As you probably got from the previous part, this movie was directed by Christopher Nolan who once again shows that he knows how to direct a movie. The camera work looks great and he shows that he got good control of the actors. And once again we get cinematography by Wally Pfister which as always looks really fantastic. Nolan and Pfister show that they work great together to make a movie look as good as possible. I can also mention that the movie is based on the novel by British author Christopher Priest… that’s it. I have never read it and I have in fact never even heard of this author… just a fun fact to mention the book I guess.

This was a generally well-received movie. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 76% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 66/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on it has a score of 8,5/10 and is ranked #53 on the “Top 250” list. The movie was also nominated for 2 Oscars in the categories of Best cinematography and Best Art Direction.

“The Prestige” is a movie where you have to keep attention at all times since it is a complex piece of cinema with plenty of twists, excellent performance, great music, gorgeous cinematography, great direction and soem good writing. Time for my final score. Right now you see a normal coin, now I am placing a handkerchief on top of it. *Pulls handkerchief away* Ta-da! It is now an envelope! My final score for “The Prestige” is a 9,84/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“The Prestige” is now reviewed.

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