CST Throwback Thursday: Film of the Week

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by Gilberto Campa,

When it comes to film director’s we all have our favorites and the ones that we view as the best in the industry. In my opinion Christopher Edward Nolan is the most important film director in the last fifteen years as he has given us groundbreaking, original and some of the most thrilling movies of all time. Sometimes in a filmmakers list of movies that they have made there are usually one or two movies that aren’t necessarily up to par with the rest of the other movies that they have made. This isn’t the case with Christopher Nolan especially with his tenth major film “Dunkirk” coming out next week which looks like a contender for best picture of 2017, but today I want to take the time to talk about the most underappreciated Christopher Nolan film (IMO), “The Prestige”.

Released between “Batman Begins” & “The Dark Knight” The Prestige was a movie that Nolan was preparing to adapt for years before he eventually made it as work on Batman Begins was wrapping up. One of the parts of the movie that I enjoyed a lot was the cast that the film had, starting with the two leads that carry the film in Christian Bale & Hugh Jackman. But you also have a wonderful supporting cast that includes Rebecca Hall who would later on get to star in some bigger films, Piper Perabo, Scarlett Johansson (say no more), Andy Serkis with no CGI required, frequent Nolan corroborator Michael Caine and the late David Bowie as Nikola Tesla in what I believe to be his most complete acting performance.

The reason that I would recommend this movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it is all due to the story, and to remain spoiler free you are not going to see what comes in this movie as it becomes more and more intriguing. One particular aspect of this film is the dichotomy between the two main characters played by Jackman and Bale respectively (despite the height difference). Outside the amazing work that Jackman has done as Wolverine, he is one of the most intense and versatile actors as this was one of his roles that really showed off his acting chops. A lot of it was due to the story that Nolan adapted from the novel of the same name which in itself is not an easy thing to do. And just like many of his other movies Nolan blends traditional realism and matches it with barely noticeable CGI that puts you right into the movie as you believe (or don’t believe) what you are really seeing, which is all part of the hook for this movie.

While not being his most acclaimed or even his best work (IMO The Dark Knight), The Prestige is a movie that I would definitely recommend for it being such a different film and the amount of liberties and risk that it takes. And by all means with the amount of great films and the more great films that he will continue to make in the future, don’t let the Prestige get lost in the shadows.

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