The Prestige (5/5)

Perhaps I’m inclined because I dabled in magic tricks when I was younger, but I loved The Prestige. Like The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine, I wanted to analyze everything after the movie. If you need to know a tidbit about the movie, it’s about two competing magicians.

***** Spoilers/Analysis *****

Seriously, read on only if you’ve seen the movie.

I’d like to go watch it again, but my favorite parts of the movie are the meta discussion and the ending. There are a couple times where the dialog/naration isn’t about the story, it’s directly targeted at the watcher. The clearest example of this is the movie is mostly about finding out how tricks work, but of course you don’t find out how the final trick works.

It just made sense why Borden says he can’t remember which knot he tied. In the end, like most magic tricks, it’s all so simple and relies mostly on misdirection. There is something to be said about the similarity between suspense movies and magic tricks.


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