The Prestige ★★★★

An intense film that I at first found quite difficult but ultimately was intrigued by. The ruthlessness, anger and vengefulness that drove the two men was hard to watch, and I had difficulty following the narrative at first. By the end, though, it had drawn me in.

My first reaction was that I didn't like it, but on the other hand I am still thinking today about whether true art requires ruthlessness and self-sacrifice, and if so, to what extent (a question that strikes very close to home for me).

Even if it's not exactly enjoyable to watch, I appreciate a good story, particularly one that assumes some intelligence on the part of the viewer. And I think this one succeeded tremendously at what it set out to do.

In terms of pure storytelling, this may be Nolan's best film, though personally I think I prefer Memento.