THE PRESTIGE by Kayla C. Movie Review
Every magic act has a simple trick behind it, until two magicians take it to the extreme. Two magicians Robert Angier and Alfred Borden (played by Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) are working with an illusionist named Cutter. The assistant Julia Angier dies while trying to perform a an escape trick that requires Alfred to bound the hand and feet together — but ties a new knot that requires more strength than usual. After the death of Robert’s wife, the two go their separate ways (Borden finds a new assistant named Fallon) in the pursuit to destroying each others work…with the ultimate magic trick “THE TRANPORTING MAN”. Robert searches high and low to find a way to perfect Borden magic trick. Robert soon finds a man that can named Tesla, who is a scientist, whom can help Robert out with his problems by using the technology of science. But in order for him to become success in the magic act he must sacrifice something that is dear to him.
“The Prestige” was written by Christopher Priest, and personally, I think that he truly created a masterpiece of the arts. This is one movie that will truly have you on the edge of your seat. But I must admit that it was quiet confusing the first time that I watched this movie. To understand the movie fully, I had to watch it twice. the second time around, I noticed that from the beginning to the end that there were clues that pointed to the end result which was a clever way to help viewers understand and comprehend what was going on at that specific point in the movie.
“You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call the Prestige” is the quote of Cutter. It’s quiet interesting that he mentions these steps to making the perfect magic trick (Especially the last step which hint the name of the movie “The Prestige”) because the movie is based around the achievement of prestige. This film illustrates a collage of suspension that keeps you watching until the end credits. It’s also fascinating to me that for every magic act you would know exactly how it worked. Throughout the entire film, I was able to see the jiffs for every single magic trick.
The setting for this film was magnificent and really captured the vintage time period that took place in London. The scenery was truly authentic and fit the movie perfectly. The actors completely captured the emotions and personality of the characters of the film. For example, Robert Angier was a man the was obsessed with his work and will stop at nothing till he has reached perfection whereas Alfred Borden was a man was a man who was compassionate and cares a lot about his daughter whom was conceived with his true love Sarah Borden played by actress Rebecca Hall.
I think that this film was meant for the mature crowd due to some of it’s contain that is present. This film is electrifying and entertaining to all crowds but essential there is a message that is delivered within the film itself. And the message is clear if you truly understand what is going on in the in the film. “The Prestige” is one of the movies that will give your brain a run for its money and will literally blow your mind.