Movies that are slightly off.
Are You Watching Closely?
A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Forget "The Dark Knight". Forget "The Dark Knight Rises". Forget even "Inception". This film matches the levels of greatness that "Memento", my favorite Nolan film, manages to reach, and it does it without telling the story backwards. This is dark, mysterious, captivating, intelligent, and is easily one of Nolan's most under rated films so far.
An ingeniously crafted tale of twists & turns, a fascinating vignette of obsession & jealousy, and an interesting illustration of friendship & rivalry, The Prestige is a magical piece of thrilling cinema by Christopher Nolan which comes with its own set of pledge, turn & prestige moments just like any great magic trick and cleverly manages to take its ordinary premise & turn it into something truly extraordinary.
The Prestige is the story of a friendship that became a rivalry which later turned deadly. The plot concerns two renowned stage magicians in London near the end of the 19th century who engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate illusion but their increasing obsession to best each other's tricks eventually leads them…
After the disappointment of The Dark Knight Rises I wanted to revisit Nolan at his best. Whilst the film’s narrative structure is fragmented, much like the elusive puzzle at the heart of the story, it is deftly plotted where each component is revealed to fit neatly together and create a satisfying whole. The brilliance of the film is that it reveals everything to the audience at the very beginning. It tells you exactly how the trick is achieved early on, you just need to be paying attention. Yet, despite knowing how every twist and turn will play out the film still rewards repeated viewings which is very rare for this type of film. The twists are never cheap, they are…
Human nature is as destructive as it is constructive. We have the power and knowledge to build impressive constructions, invent machinery and technology that greatly alleviate our lives and can prove extremely beneficent for future generations. We are capable of love, we form families, have children. Everything is at our disposal, thanks to our ingenuity and love we have the opportunity to live in harmony. Yet we crave for more. We feel misunderstood, betrayed, we become cocky, blinded by desire and ambition, greed nests in our brains and hatred in our hearts. We hurt everyone around us, push away our dearest, turn our backs on anyone we ever cared for, we destroy and sacrifice everything that we so compassionately created…
"Are you watching closely?" - Alfred Borden
Yeah...so, this is the film that had me all the way. It's sublime. It's one of the most intelligent films I've ever seen. It's got my mind working in over-drive. I'm over-heating. I can't say anything at all about this to people who haven't seen it, so I'll just babble on critically...
Everyone, and I mean everyone, is at the top of their game here. Particularly Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. Their roles as hero and villain, protagonist and antagonist are constantly shifting between them, as they're both as equally flawed as one another. At first, they both look like they're horrifically uncomfortable in their roles with their foreign accents, but it doesn't…
Part one of Preparing (As much as Humanly Possible) For Interstellar
Ah, The Prestige. Such a magic trick, such a brilliant concept, such beautiful execution, such rich cinematography, such immaculate performances; the entire film is an example of Christopher Nolan as a magician. As a storyteller. As a master of the medium. And as one of the finest directors of the modern generation.
It might be my favorite of Nolan's work, and while that might change as I work through his filmography in anticipation for Interstellar, one fact that will never change is that The Prestige is incredible. Masterfully combining fantastical, dramatic, and surrealistic touches; Christopher Nolan weaves this biting little tale with such operatic grandeur that you want to…
this is like objectively good but it could've been an hour shorter...
"Are you watching closely?"
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Wow. That's the one word my mind can bother to think of after every viewing of such a film.
On the surface, Christopher Nolan's The Prestige may seem like a simple mystery thriller about two men trying to outdo themselves with each action, but once you "watch closely" as the film's antagonist (or are they all antagonists?) suggests so often, The Prestige is a film that defines human emotions. Nolan managed to create such a wondrously layered and complex epic that the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred as the viewer starts to question whether there truly is real magic in the world, much like Michael Caine's character describing Nikola Tesla as a wizard, something that magicians pretend to…
I am sad to say that besides David Bowies brilliant portrayal of Nikola Tesla i hardly remember the rest of the movie.
imagine if Prince had played Tesla
"Go home. Forget this thing. I can recognize an obsession, no good will come of it."
How do I attack reviewing this?
Let's try this way:
- It was awesome.
- Christian Bale was awesome.
- Scarlett Johansson was awesome.
- Hugh Jackman was a bit less awesome but still awesome.
- It was confusing.
- It was intricate.
- It was a Christopher Nolan film all throughout.
- It was entertaining as hell.
- It was magical.
- It had David Bowie in it.
- It showed a rivalry between magicians (which just sounds awesome doesn't it?).
- It's filled with plot twists.
- "Is he dead or not? Ok, he is. Never mind, there he goes."
- It's really, really, really, really, really, good.
- RIP Bowie. You played an awesome Nikola Tesla (and your songs were pretty good too, I must say).
Just watch this movie. Please.
Imagine if you were in the audience every time these two went at it. Now that would be a worthy spin-off
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…