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I once said to myself, if Chris Nolan ever got insane, he would become a David Fincher.Fincher does it the never ending, killing dialogues way that might even need you to pauseto comprehend at times. However, the sane brother of the two contemporary geniuses ismore into strangulating the script to the point that the viewer feels the knot around his ownneck. Add to that visual impact that his characters ooze all the time and then you get whatmay be called the fuel to ignite a movie-
After the reboot of the century that even Stan Lee must have clapped for, and then raising
the bar with the legendary sequel, he didn’t have much to prove there onwards. However, if
we go a little back in time (Memento way, eh?), we find the premise of how Nolan, the sanegenius got created.Roping in the two most sought after male leads and dashing it with Michael Caine, whoseems to be lucky for him, Nolan had himself set the expectations soaring with a recentrelease on a similar topic had made waves and raked in positive reviews. The Illusionist,also a period drama about a magician, released just four weeks before The Prestige. Now,this was not just about the moolah. It was about carrying forward the weight of expectations that had burdened the shoulders of the man who recreated a Batman withoutRobin and told us a story in reverse broken into ten odd parts! Nolan seemed to love thetwisting the tale part so much that Prestige was indeed a challenge for him!The film has an interesting to and fro screenplay that takes you places and time periodsalike. The characters keep coming in with equal shimmer like the one before and that keepsthe edge of the seat from getting cold. Christian Bale and Hughes Jackman play the twowannabe magicians who start as friends and end up as the greatest foes with their tacticsletting no stone unturned to see the other one fail through their acts on stage as well as off it! How it happens and what happens at the last is what forms the crux of the story.The set up and art of the film is so enchanting that you are bound to believe everything thepeople on screen utter. Similarly, the background score and the lightings used in the stageacts sweep you off completely. All this praise comes in when the film is already five years
old and in the IMDb Top 250 list. But some things don’t have an expiry date. Like th
isclassic saga of human emotions laced with unmatched screenplay and a climax to die for.