Oct 25, 2006
ENTRY 71: THE PRESTIGE
This word is used to describe the movie 'The Prestige,' which I saw yesterday. It's a movie about two magicians whose friendship turns into a bitter and deadly rivalry. The difference in this movie is that it's not a cliche. Although a girl is the reason for the fight, it's not in the way you would normally think of. No. Not in a long shot.
More importantly, this movie is about who among Robert Angier (Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Bale) is the better magician. They are competing with only one magic trick... and are doing everything to ruin the other's performance, one of which caused one magician to lose two of his fingers.
Just like the magic trick, this movie is of 3 parts: first is the pledge, wherein the magician shows the audience something ordinary. Then there's the turn where we see an ordinary trick do something extra-ordinary. Finally comes the prestige, where we see something shocking that we've never seen before.
Very smart movie indeed. Everyone in the cast performed admirably, from the cameo roles (Piper Perabo and David Bowie), to the support (Michael Caine and Scarlett Johanson) to of course the 2 lead roles (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale).
It was magic.