Review Date: September 26, 2007
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Producers: Christopher Nolan, Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas
Christian Bale as Alfred
Hugh Jackman as Robert
Michael Caine as Cutter
That said, the film still kept me going with the actors all punching in their respective acting clocks, including a surprisingly effective David Bowie, an equally surprising Gollum as Bowie’s sidekick, as well as Rebecca Hall (whom I didn’t know before this movie), the love of Bale’s life in the film. Johansson was the only actor in the film who didn’t entirely blow me away, but I think that had more to do with her character, which didn’t seem altogether developed. The film was a breath to behold though, and the tricks of magic – as well as their “reveals” – all very fun and engaging. I have to be honest in that I don’t think I fully “got” the ending -- at least what happened on Bale’s end exactly – but I suppose that’s half of this film’s fun, as it almost dares us to figure out all of its mysteries by the end. I’m sure that another round in my DVD player would only enhance this film’s value, especially when you consider all of its subtext, metaphors and of course, straight-forward trickery. The battle between the two magicians is ultimately what keeps the filming churning forward though, much like the obsession that dominates people with jealous tales of revenge (COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, anyone?), and both Bale and Jackman truly encapsulated the dark side of such passion very effectively (I mean, it’s Batman vs Wolverine…how can you go wrong?!?!!).
That said, if you’re not into movies with “twists”, stay far away from THE PRESTIGE as it essentially rotates on twists all the way around and back, and the female characters definitely are not as developed as the men, but I guess you can’t have it all in one film. I dug it and look forward to watching it again one day, so that I can be assured of my full understanding of the film, so that I can explain it to my kids (if I ever have kids, that is).