The Prestige

The Prestige is one of the best films I have ever seen, made all the better for the fact that I wasn’t really that bothered about it when Sands said she was going to record it !

In case you don’t know, The Prestige is the third element or part of a Magicians trick. Great acting, great story just a really good film.Will need to watch it again to fully understand it!

PLEASE NOTE the subsequent thread on this post does give away some of the plot, and discusses a number of issues, so stop reading now if you don’t want to read more!

21 thoughts on “The Prestige

  1. Dunks

    Just took a look at the trailer and it looks really good! Don’t recall hearing about this film before but will definitely check it out. Thanks Chris.

  2. Chris Marshall Post author

    Let me know what you think. Reflecting on it the morning after I still think it was a great film 🙂

  3. Wayne LeFevre

    Christian Bail, Baile? Bale? (spelling?), now that’s someone who can, imo, run circles around Tom Cruise in acting. Absolute favorite movie of his which I can recommend without a doubt? Empire of the Sun. Incredible movie.

    Anyway, I also enjoyed this movie. It wasn’t a big box office buster, but was solid and definitely was one of those mind twisters!

  4. Gary

    It’s on my list of titles to watch out for in the sales. I fancied it when I saw the trailer a year or so ago – probably at the Quicktime site.

    Although I don’t recall much of the film now, I thought Christian Bale was excellent in the recent “Batman Begins”.

    (As someone who was a member of the Scottish Conjurors Association for a couple of years as a teenager, I was interested to observe another film, set against a similar background, released at almost the same time: Ed Norton’s “The Illusionist“.)

  5. Chris Marshall Post author

    Will keep an eye out for that one – interesting membership I imagine?

    I liked Batman Begins a lot, but have lost track of how many they have done since that one????

  6. Gary

    As far as I know, Batman Begins is the most recent release in that series. I guess we might be due to expect a Christian Bale sequel this year?

  7. Wayne LeFevre

    The Illusionist was another one of those movies with an incredible ending. Batman Begins, by far the best in the whole genre, imo. (Though I always enjoy Kirsten Dunst in the Spider Man movies…)

  8. Gary

    I thought Spidey 2 was much better than Spidey 1. Haven’t got 3 yet, but it’s on my list. And yes, KD is definitely an attraction… 😉

    Aha! Christian Bale’s second outing in the black tights is to be called The Dark Knight and appears to be scheduled for release this summer. It seems to be basically an update of the Batman/Joker conflict.

  9. Chris Marshall Post author

    I heard the new Batman was meant to be really good, but that may just be from people who saw the trailer. I really liked the first one it has to be said.

    Haven’t seen Spiderman III yet either.

  10. Gary

    I finally saw The Prestige night before last and The Illusionist last night. I see what you meant about having to watch Prestige again! 🙂 Phew!

    The Illusionist was pretty good – worth seeing. There’s little in common between the two movies, except the background of performance magic and the late 19th/ early 20th century background.

  11. Chris Marshall Post author

    Is funny. Was a goood week or so after I watched it that I was running and it suddenly came to me that the whole problem stemmed from the twins and that one used one knot and the other a different type, and the reason that ‘they’ couldn’t answer the guys question to his satisfaction was that he was always asking the wrong twin!

  12. Gary

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I reckon that we were specifically shown Borden begin to tie the knot according to the way he was supposed to. Then, we see him hesitate and then re-tie it the other way. IIRC, there was also a subtle exchange of glances between Borden and Julia(?) acknowledging the change, since she had previously said that she could deal with the Langford slip knot. It struck me as almost an act of rebellion on the part of Borden, which Julia went along with.

    I’m not sure that the Fallon character was involved that early in the film. There was, as it turns out, an obscure, indirect reference to him in the same scene in which the use of the different knot was first mentioned, but I don’t think he came into play until later on. But… I could be wrong. 😐

  13. Chris Marshall Post author

    Now of coold be right. On the other hand his hesitation could be because he forgot what he was meant to do, and her look could have been of surprise – or maybe she had even figured that the were twins!!!

    Think I need to take another look at the film soon 🙂

  14. Gary

    There are quite a few different theories on the boards over at IMDB. Some of them make you wonder if they saw the same movie. Others are … interesting.

  15. Gary

    @Wayne – Not me. It must have been my identical twin! 😉

    @Chris – For the sake of anyone who stumbles across this thread and who hasn’t already seen the movie, could you please modify the original post – in the traditional manner of the interweb – and add a footnote to indicate that there are “spoilers” if they dig down the comments? I’d hate to be responsible for diminishing someone’s enjoyment of the movie through our recent comments. (Just like an thoughtless colleague once did to me, many years ago now, when he gave away the ending of The Sixth Sense. 🙄 )

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