Sunday, January 14, 2018

1045. The Prestige

The Prestige
Directed by Christopher Nolan

This might be a somewhat unsatisfactory review, as it is difficult to divulge any plot information without spoiling the "prestige." Instead, I guess I will have to focus on how great Hugh Jackman looks in a top hat. I suppose that's why he is the star of The Greatest Showman. Here's hoping that never makes it on the List. I don't think I can stomach watching Zac Efron find the beauty within himself. Anyway...onto the film at hand.

Basically, two magicians compete against each other in a deadly contest for the title of "Greatest Illusionist" in the world. Con-currently (Get it? GET IT?), Edison and Tesla are engaged in a battle of their own as they introduce competing electric power transmissions.

Well, there is no denying that this film is extremely well cast; any movie that starts with Michael Caine explaining something instantly has my attention. I was less impressed with the David Bowie performance, although to be honest, I probably wouldn't be pleased with anyone playing my boy Tesla. He was such a character that no one could live up to him in my eyes.

Overall, a fairly entertaining movie with some good (if somewhat implausible) twists.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

The word "prestige" comes from the Latin "praestigium," meaning "illusion."

Was Christopher Nolan's lowest rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes, until it was replaced with Interstellar in 2014.

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