Tuesday, February 06, 2007

THE PRESTIGE

THE PRESTIGE is a film with numerous similarities to to the other magician film of the year, THE ILLUSIONIST. However, there are more differences than similarities. ILLUSIONIST was a love story, which is what made me like it more. PRESTIGE is a revenge story, which made me dislike all the characters. It also seems obsessed with the machinations of the tricks themselves instead of the characters. The Tesla reference was also a poor misdirection; an attempt to turn magic into science fiction that just didn't work at all.

The cast was pretty good, particularly Hugh Jackman, David Bowie, and of course Michael Caine. Christian Bale and Scarlett Johansson both seemed a little of out place doing cockney accents.

The movie also has huge structural and pacing problems. It's cut in two different timelines to the point of confusion, and it overstays its welcome by at least 30 minutes.
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