I thought The Prestige was wonderful — meticulous in detail and technique and sophisticated in its con game. (C and I both saw through the major plot points — neither of us having read Priest’s book — early on, but the beauty of a trick, like so many things, is in the process, so long as the end holds together. Here it mostly does.) Plus: Hugh Jackman. It’s so nice to see him in a role where you can tell just how good he is. Bale acquits himself fine, but Jackman manages to define each different version of himself subtly, most markedly with his double. And he seems effortless, a rare natural actor who can perform equally well on film and on stage. I’ll say no more to avoid spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie. But, as someone who loves, loves, loves magic, I tell you to go see this, without reservation. Tesla!
It was one of the most enjoyable two hours at the movies I’ve had in a long time and made me want to see more of them in the theater (and in general). It made me want to see a movie every week. Even the previews we had were interesting (especially the Emma Thompson/Will Ferrell movie — I will SO see Stranger Than Fiction). Next up are probably The Illusionist and Renaissance (looks beautiful), not necessarily in that order. Other recommendations? (No war movies, please; just a preference, don’t try to change it.)