So I watched ‘The Prestige’ again recently. I’m so happy I did, because for some reason, I forget many important details returning to it, and I pick up on so much more. Even though I’ve seen it maybe five times, I can’t help but feel like I’m watching it only for the second time… if that makes any sense. It’s definitely a film that gets better with each viewing, and that to me is a great accomplishment.
I think that the most interesting aspect of this movie is that there is not really a clear protagonist and antagonist. Both characters are just trying to better themselves as magicians, however I do feel that Hugh Jackman’s character got so caught up with his obsession, that it was slowly turning him into a man of total immorality. After watching this with my girlfriend, her and I argued who the “more evil” person was of the two(?) leads. It was a fun debate, and we still didn’t end up at solid conclusion whatsoever.
It’s great to see such depth in character development and I feel strongly that both Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale gave excellent performances, alongside the rest of the supporting cast.
The tagline that is said more than once within the film, is Bale’s character asking “Are you watching closely”? This totally goes with what the story is trying to accomplish. There are so many details in this film- where if you blink, you just might miss something.
With that said, I must reiterate that this is definitely a film you should watch more than once. This is something I find myself saying about a lot of the movies Christopher Nolan directs. It tells the story of a great magic trick, but what’s interesting to me is that the film itself feels like one giant magic trick. There’s a great story to be told here with several twists that are supported by a great cast, great direction, and great pacing.
Because of how complex ‘The Prestige’ is, it’s hard for me to go any more in-depth than this. To me, this is a perfect film. I have found that each time I view it, I’m more and more fascinated by it. Then I sit down and think about it for a long period of time and really analyze it. It’s a film that really makes you think. Just check this one out if you haven’t. And if you have…watch it again! It’s one of my personal favorites that I believe deserves more recognition.