Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Prestige

My housemate the Philosopher rented the movie, along with 24 Hours in London, and offered to lend it to me (he was going to watch it tonight, but he ended up going out with his friends Paul W. and Bree). So... instead of working on chapter 3 (which may turn out to be chapter 4 if I split chapter 2 into two), I watched The Prestige this afternoon. It is hard to talk about the movie without giving too much away--it is about the rivalry between two magicians/illusionists. It does keep your attention, but I don't know if it is worth watching again, or a purchase. The ending does cast some light on the role of some of the characters in a tragedy that is shown early in the movie--it makes you wonder who did what, and how culpable they were. I'll leave it at that. I don't know what sort of other things one might pick up on a second viewing; in terms of multiple viewing value, The Prestige is like the movie that made director Christopher Nolan famous, Memento. My suspicion is that once you know the twist, it is hard to watch it a second time, and be entertained, unless you watch in order to appreciate the technical execution.

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