The Prestige (2006)
Today I had every intention of posting a review of Ant-Man and then, 10:30 rolled around last night and I hadn't gone through said review with its (much needed) final edits (ooops!). Add in the fact that I had to watch the final episode of the latest Agatha Christie miniseries (for review purposes later this month) and the plan to have it publication ready for this morning was scrapped. Fortunately, in order to keep something kind of "new" over here, I did have a review publication ready over on Silver Petticoat today.
The film I revisited was the 2006 adaptation of The Prestige.
If you've ever seen this film, it's one of the most "terrifying" (without actually being terrifying, at least in the visual sense) films I've seen. Or if I want to be more specific, of the period dramas I've seen (though it's been taken over by the aforementioned Christie adaptation *shudders*). The Prestige stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Scarlett Johannson in a sleight of hand and mind illusionist film that's as mesmerizing as it is brilliant in its sense of place and atmosphere.
Below you can find a portion of my film review, and links to read it in full.
The Prestige (2006) – A Mesmerizing Period Drama Starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale
Anyone who enjoys films that leave you asking, “what just happened?” is missing out if they’ve yet to see The Prestige. There are some films that leave you feeling torn after you finish watching. This is one such cinematic masterpiece. As the credits roll, you’re likely to have one of two emotions. One that might leave you with a heavyhearted feeling difficult to shake. Or the other which is going to leave you with a burden that might be sitting atop your shoulders. This one leans more towards the latter in a figurative if not literal sense.
Ambition is the common thread that unites Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale). Working as part of a magic act, Alfred, in particular, wishes the magician they work for would think outside the box. Doing the same boring magic tricks night after night becomes terribly tedious for the clever wanna-be magician. His ideas also go unappreciated by those around him causing him to rebel against what he’s supposed to do. Despite the careful and wise counsel given to both men by the stage manager, Cutter (Michael Caine), tragedy soon results from that ambition.
Caught in the middle of this bitter, tangled rivalry, which only grows stronger with time, are the lives of the kind and beautiful Sarah (Rebecca Hall), whom Alfred marries; the famed inventor Nikola Tesla (David Bowie); and magician’s assistant Olivia Wenescombe (Scarlett Johansson), a woman who quickly proves she’s not about to be used as a pawn by any man. Continue Reading ➔
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