The Prestige - Review
*Editors Note. This week I made the decision to review one of the last films David Bowie had a role in, The Prestige. I hope you enjoy a review of one of my favorite movies!
The plot of The Prestige is one of the most captivating of the 21st century; a battle between two magicians for the title of greatest illusionist. The two magicians, Christain Bale as Alfred Borden and Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, begin on good terms, acting as the assistants to the real magician. Things turn badly after a routine trick goes horribly wrong, and the two magicians are pitted against one another in an entrancing game of cat and mouse. Any time a major event takes place, a second thought is always required, since the character might have escaped at the last possible second. This makes for one great thriller, as well as an unbelievable ending.
Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman both turn in star performances, giving us a little taste of what was to come in The Dark Knight and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Rebecca Hall and Scarlet Johansen serve as the love interests, with Hall being the more real of the two. Johansen is there, as the characters say, to distract the audience from the real magic. David Bowie and Andy Serkis also give memorable, if underutilized, performances as Nikola Tesla and his assistant. David Bowie shines in the role, as it gives him the perfect opportunity to showcase his controlled insanity. Serkis is more of an Igor character, but is still just as creepy as Bowie, giving every encounter the characters have with the two a mysterious tone.
The Prestige is easily recognizable as a Nolan film, and bears much resemblance to Batman Begins. The 19th century setting and dozens of disguises go a long way to make us feel immersed in the magicians' underground.
The Prestige is one of the most creative films I've ever seen, and a great thriller from accomplished director Christopher Nolan. Just make sure you watch closely.
Pros- characters, premise, twists
Cons- may be a bit confusing upon first viewing