The Prestige

January 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE: The Prestige

NUTSHELL: Christopher Nolan’s rather horrible thingy about turn of the century magicians one-uping each other over and over until you can’t look at a canary without wanting to gouge your own eyes out.

GOOD THINGS: Andy Serkis, Jamie Harris, Christian Bale

BAD THINGS: Linking rings (run away!), Anachronisms ahoy, more over the top disguises than you can shake your spirit gum at, Roger “I played Robin Colcord and show up in the darndest places, don’t I?” Rees, Christian Bale’s accent, Hugh Jackman’s accent, Scarlett Johansson’s accent, Michael Caine’s accent?!?!

FEATURES: Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Ricky Jay of course, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, hoochie supposedly 1899 costumes that put Bettie Page to shame, Colorado, story’s devolution into complete and utter Jackmania

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS: Dueling accents. I wish there were words to Dueling Banjos so I could write a parody to the tune of it about this movie.

NOTABLE: I had forgotten exactly who was in this and before Tesla is shown on screen in person, there’s a sketch of him. Due to the likeness in the sketch, I started to think that he was played by Alfred Molina which would alter the International Changeling Competition since Tesla was a Serb-American. But Tesla turned out to be played by David Bowie so never mind.

BEST PART: For whatever reason, this big pile of magician hats really cracked me up and then there’s a cat walking through it looking very “a waterfall… in the desert….” and it cracked me up even more. (Your results may vary.)

BEST LINE: Exact science… is not an exact science.

CROWNS: 1 out of 5

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