Back to the classic of an amazing film about magic in a darker sense: The Prestige. The Prestige is directed by Christopher Nolan and it differs so much from Now You See Me series in terms of depth. characters, mood, and style. This is an amazing masterpiece that leaves you hanging till the end, wondering whether you have been fooled by the film, or perhaps, magic. Read on for mini-review of this wonderful mysteriously magical film.
The story sets off in 20th century England with the beginning of the end. We are shown a drowning magician, Robert Angier( Hugh Jackman), who is witnessed by Alfred Borden(Christian Bale). Alfred is charged with his murder and the movie brings us into a flashback of the past through the diary of Angier.
The story starts off slowly at first, which then begins to accelerate at manageable speed for us to get awed by the progression. There are no exact bad or good guys, which leads us into a sort of maze to find out reasons for the rivalry between the two magicians. We are brought to their perspective intermittently and each provides a new progression and character development. Then, in the middle of it all, we are presented with a link between them; a link that presents a contrast and yet a similarity. The Yin and Yang, and perhaps the grey area of magic which leads us to wonder even more of their motive and tricks.
Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are well cast for their role, the former for his emotion and the latter for the lack of. Christopher Nolan created an amazing story world that dances around the two men…and the twist that has been hidden way back in foreshadowing. With two very convincing actors in his helm, the film only needs to let you look carefully…at the wonders of magic.