Jan 26, 2018
With spoilers, a few thoughts on Christopher Nolan
's underrated The Prestige
, and the trick within it...
It goes without saying, but The Prestige
is very much spoiled in this article for those that have yet to sample its delights.
An early effort from writer/director Christopher Nolan, and – dare I say – a criminally under-appreciated one, The Prestige
is a film that richly rewards multiple re-watches.
Unfairly thought of by some at the time as a stylish ‘twist’ movie in the vein of early Shyamalan, such a description does the film a great disservice. For while there are certainly mysteries to unwrap upon first viewing, watching through it again armed with foreknowledge does so much more than tickle the 'oh, so that’s why so-and-so did such-and-such' part of your brain. In fact, you could argue that you only truly understand the characters, their motivations and the emotional journeys they take,