Finally, A Good Magic Movie

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.)

5 thoughts on “Finally, A Good Magic Movie”

  1. I just saw the preview for “Night at the Museum” with Ben Stiller. I’m not usually a huge fan of his but this looked hysterical – plus I love the idea of everything in the Museum of Nat History coming alive at night. Too cool. (Also nice to see Dick Van Dyk and Mickey Rooney.) The trailer is on IMDB – check it out!

  2. I, uh, dozed off just before the climax-y bits of The Prestige first time around and had to have them recapped on the way home. But I was impressed with it then and I took my parents to see it this weekend (and stayed awake the whole time) and was even more impressed when I saw how many times they flat out _told you_ what was going on. Very fair, honest movie, as well as gorgeous and creepy and wicked. Loved it.

  3. The Illusionist will probably seem like a disappointment after The Prestige, so set your expectations accordingly.

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