Entries published on October 22, 2006
I read the book The Prestige a while back, because it looked really interesting. And it didn’t disappoint; what started out looking like a feud between late-nineteenth-century stage magicians — which would have been cool in its own right — quickly turned into something much deeper and much more involved.
And the movie didn’t disappoint. The particular events it uses to drive the plot are different, but enough of the overall plot is the same, and is presented in a compelling enough manner, to keep it lively. It was also nice to see the duality of both main characters preserved; in the book, as you flip between their points of view, both Borden and Angier have moments where they look sympathetic, and moments where they look like obsessed, cold-hearted monsters. That came through fairly well in the film, which is an impressive achievement.
I’d recommend doing both if you get the chance; …