Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie
Rewatching Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006), I found that I liked it even better than I’d remembered (hence the half-star increase from the original review, to the full five). This stylish and disturbing thriller—with science-fiction elements—gets my vote for the best movie Nolan has ever made and for the best performance Christian Bale has ever given. The fantastically intricate story of rival magicians is perfectly suited to both Nolan’s style and his thematic preoccupation with the nature of identity and memory. That the musings on memory can here be said to include the memories of the audience only enhances the whole thing. For more on The Prestige, check out the original review in the Xpress online movie archives at www.mountainx.com/movies/review/prestige.php.
The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Prestige at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. (From Asheville, take I-26 to U.S. 64 West, turn right at the third light onto Thompson Street. Follow to the Lake Point Landing entrance and park in the lot on the left.)