The prestige

This is Christopher Nolan production (2006) and it is great. Well, I don’t know whether it is my love for Christopher Nolan’s movies or the casting that I enjoyed or maybe both. Maybe I am biased towards Nolan but then he really is good.

So the prestige is the final act in a magician’s performance when the trick is completed. The first part is the pledge, then the turn and finally the prestige. Say for example, they disappear a bird and then bring it back again alive. And because  things can sometimes go wrong, they go wrong in this movie. Two friends become bitter enemies and do everything in their power to outdo the other. And as most rivalries, this doesn’t well.

In a final confrontation between the two rivals, Robert tells Borden the audience always knew the truth. That the world is simple. It’s miserable. Solid all the way through. But if you could fool them even for a second, then you could make them wonder. And then you got to see something very special.

It was the look on their faces.

I think it is a great movie, worth all the two hours of watching.


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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

16 thoughts on “The prestige

  1. Dave says:

    I love all of his films 😀


  2. Arkenaten says:

    Saw it a while back. It’s still on Netflix, so I might give it another look.


  3. Excellent film. Saw it several times. Nolan has a new film coming out next year. I forgot the name, but I can’t wait to see it.


  4. john zande says:

    Seen it only in patches, never the whole way through. Will have to dedicate some time to it.


  5. Hariod Brawn says:

    Read the book it was based upon, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea at all. Maybe this is one of those rare films that improves on the preceeding and original novel? I say ‘rare’, but I can’t actually think of any which do translate to an equal standard in film. The richness always seems lost. Catch 22 is a good case in point — great novel, dreadful film.


    • makagutu says:

      I think there are few times one watches a film and feels, this captures the spirit of the book or does it some justice. I think Les Miserables did Hugo’s Les Miserables some justice. Most film adaptations of great books are pathetic or as you put it, pathetic

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  6. Swarn Gill says:

    This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and it is actually my favorite Nolan film, and he’s obviously had some great ones. The casting is perfect. I’ve probably watched it 7 times already.

    I would argue that they were not friends who became bitter enemies, but simply two people who worked together as understudies for another established magician. The clash here comes from magicians with extremely different characters. One is a talented magician, but a terrible showman, while the other is an average magician, but a brilliant showman (interesting that Hugh Jackman also starred in the Greatest Showman). Another important difference which leads to their animosity towards each other is that one is willing to take risks for his magic, while at least initially, one is not. The movie is intellectual, well directed, and full of the type of misdirection that magicians use. It’s just super well done.

    I found this movie only after Dark Night came out, and I was like…this movie has huge names in it, is by Christopher Nolan, but I literally don’t ever remember even seeing a trailer for it. A lot of people don’t seem to even know it exists. Glad there are others who appreciate its brilliance out there!


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