Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Prestige (2006) - Christopher Nolan

The Prestige (2006)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan (Screenplay), Christopher Nolan (Screenplay), Christopher Priest (Novel)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Samantha Mahurin, David Bowie, Andy Serkis

I'll be completely honest, the first time I saw Christopher Nolan's The Prestige I was not impressed. In fact I left the theater feeling pretty disappointed. Roger Ebert's review of the film pretty much summed up how I felt about it on my first viewing. However, even though it hadn't overly impressed me I still could not stop thinking about it.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized what Christopher Nolan was trying to do with the film and the more I began to believe it was actually a pretty good film. Of course, this made me want to see the movie again but I kept putting it off, afraid that it might disappoint me again. However, I recently decided to read the book and that led me to watching the movie one more time.

This will be less of a review of the film and more of a discussion of what caused me to change to change my mind on how I felt about the film. Because of the nature of my original disappointment with the film, this discussion will involve some pretty big spoilers. If you haven't seen the movie do not read on past the jump.