The Prestige (2006)

“Are you watching closely?”

What’s it about?

A magical rivalry between a talented magician who lacks flair and a showman who steals tricks.

Who’s in it?

Wolverine, Batman and Alfred before they met the Joker, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Gollum and the late David Bowie.

Why should I watch it?

+ Solid performance from everyone
+ Well crafted story
+ Shocking twists and turns
+ True story of Chung Ling Soo is fascinating
+ Parallels with the rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison
+ Christopher Nolan is the real magician here
+ Makes a lot of sense after a second viewing

Why shouldn’t I watch it?

– If you have a fear of drowning
– If you’re Thomas Edison
– The police are absolutely useless

Anything else?

Shows how destructive an obsession can be and how ugly things are back stage. A life of a magician is filled with commitment, lies, secrets, illusions and sacrifices. If anything, this movie shows you why you shouldn’t date magicians. An underrated movie from Christopher Nolan.


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