History YMMV / ThePrestige

26th Jan '16 8:41:46 AM Nathanoraptor
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* JerkassWoobie: Both Angier and Borden. Angier is also a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.

* MoralEventHorizon: TheReveal. [[spoiler:The fact that Lord Cauldlow killed his clones hundreds of times just to beat his long-standing rival.]] Though, on the other hand, its a little unclear if ''thats'' what happened, [[spoiler: or if the machine worked the same way it always did, with the clone created some distance away. In that case the real Angier died ages ago, and he and his clones have been committed ''suicide'' over and over again, until Borden could be framed, and the surviving one at the end is another clone. This makes him more insane.]]}
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* MoralEventHorizon: TheReveal. [[spoiler:The fact that Lord Cauldlow killed his clones hundreds of times just to beat his long-standing rival.]] Though, on the other hand, its a little unclear if ''thats'' ''that's'' what happened, [[spoiler: or if the machine worked the same way it always did, with the clone created some distance away. In that case the real Angier died ages ago, and he and his clones have been committed ''suicide'' over and over again, until Borden could be framed, and the surviving one at the end is another clone. This makes him more insane.]]}

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* MoralEventHorizon: TheReveal. [[spoiler:The fact that Lord Cauldlow killed his clones hundreds of times just to beat his long-standing rival.]] Though, on the other hand, its a little unclear if ''thats'' what happened, [[spoiler: or if the machine worked the same way it always did, with the clone created some distance away. In that case the real Angier died ages ago, and he ** [[spoiler:Angier's death and his clones have been committed ''suicide'' over and over again, until Borden could be framed, and the surviving one at the end is another clone. This makes him more insane.]]}parting words with Borden.]]. Even after everything he did, you can't help but weep.
5th Jan '16 12:46:05 PM fearlessnikki
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: ** With TheReveal that [[spoiler: Borden is a twin]], does he really know which knot he tied when Angier asks him at the funeral? [[spoiler: Or is he covering for his brother]]? ** Likewise did Sarah actually figure out the truth? [[spoiler: Was her suicide a reaction to finding out she had been lied to all her life? Or even darker, did she fear she was going mad]]? ** How much sympathy does Borden actually deserve? As noted under UnintentionallyUnsympathetic below [[spoiler: even if his twin brother is responsible for the nastier actions, he still fully allowed them to happen and deceived his wife. While Angier and the brother get their dose of LaserGuidedKarma, Borden escapes all consequences of this behaviour and is happily reunited with his daughter]].

* RewatchBonus: In spades. This film is even more interesting to watch once you know [[spoiler: Christian Bale is playing two characters]]. It takes some careful analysis of the plot and close attention to the performance, but [[spoiler: the two twins have very distinct personalities, and Christian Bale plays them differently, in a subtle way. Even their accents are slightly different, especially when angry or drunk (when the facade is weakest). This is particularly impressive, since it is a subtlety of acting performance that not only won't an audience likely get the first time through, they're NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO. Which leads to an extra bit of FridgeBrilliance when you realize there's another art form that involves the artist doing a lot of work that the audience isn't supposed to notice--magic.]]
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* RewatchBonus: RewatchBonus: ** In spades. This film is even more interesting to watch once you know [[spoiler: Christian Bale is playing two characters]]. It takes some careful analysis of the plot and close attention to the performance, but [[spoiler: the two twins have very distinct personalities, and Christian Bale plays them differently, in a subtle way. Even their accents are slightly different, especially when angry or drunk (when the facade is weakest). This is particularly impressive, since it is a subtlety of acting performance that not only won't an audience likely get the first time through, they're NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO. Which leads to an extra bit of FridgeBrilliance when you realize there's another art form that involves the artist doing a lot of work that the audience isn't supposed to notice--magic.]]

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* RewatchBonus: In spades. This film is even more interesting to watch once you know UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: TheReveal [[spoiler: Christian Bale shows that Borden is playing two characters]]. It takes some careful analysis actually a twin, and the bad twin is responsible for the affair with Olivia and most of the plot nasty things Borden does]]. Notably Borden still [[spoiler: deceived his wife and close attention allowed his brother to the performance, but enter their bed]]. FridgeHorror if Sarah actually ever slept with [[spoiler: the two twins have very distinct personalities, and Christian Bale plays them differently, in a subtle way. Even their accents are slightly different, especially when angry or drunk (when twin, thinking it was her husband. And likewise the facade is weakest). This is particularly impressive, since 'good' twin still carried on an affair with Olivia]], despite knowing how much it is a subtlety was upsetting Sarah. All out of acting performance that not only won't an audience likely get dedication to the first time through, they're NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO. Which leads to an extra bit craft. Not once is this kind of FridgeBrilliance when you realize there's another art form that involves the artist doing a lot of work that the audience isn't supposed to notice--magic.]]behaviour called out.
7th Nov '15 11:11:32 PM BobSaget9
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* NightmareFuel: ** The extents that both Angier and Borden went to to pull off [[spoiler:the Transported Man]]. ** The final shot of the seemingly endless pile of hats and the rows of [[spoiler:dead clones]] shows just how far Angier went for vengeance. *** However, Michael Caine's narration at the end makes it all the more disturbing. [[spoiler:We only get a clear look at the one tank.]] --->'''Cutter''': Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.
18th Aug '15 2:59:48 PM LondonPurple
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Even though Borden and Angier are the main characters of the movie, it's hard to figure out which one is the protagonist and which one is the antagonist. Both go so deeply into their art, even to the point of alienating their loved ones, that their acts of sabotage make it very hard to choose a person to root for. When the winner is finally revealed, your reaction is likely to just be "Huh, so I guess he was supposed to be the good guy the whole time."
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Even though Borden and Angier are the main characters of the movie, it's hard to figure out which one neither is the truly a protagonist and which one is the antagonist. Both go so or an antagonist to root for or against respectively. They're both simply deeply into their art, even to flawed individuals, and the point audience must watch as they ruin the lives of alienating themselves and their loved ones, that their acts of sabotage make it very hard to choose a person to root for. When the winner is finally revealed, your reaction is likely to just be "Huh, so I guess he was supposed to be the good guy the whole time."ones.

** The '''REAL''' MoralEventHorizon was [[spoiler: letting Borden take the fall for his murder, and then taking his daughter Jess into custody.]]
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** The '''REAL''' Disregarding the philosophical debates of the moments mentioned above, an undeniable MoralEventHorizon was [[spoiler: letting Borden take the fall for his murder, and then taking his daughter Jess into custody.]]

** The '''REAL''' MoralEventHorizon was [[spoiler: letting Borden take film contains a significant amount of symbolism and {{Foreshadowing}} that can be properly appreciated on second viewing. A viewer almost gets the fall for his murder, and then taking his daughter Jess into custody.]]impression that Christopher Nolan is enjoying teasing the audience.

* WhatAnIdiot: [[spoiler: not realizing that every time he will be the man on stage AND the man in the box.]] ** [[spoiler:YMMV because it's a matter of philosophy: Angier, during his trick, would think about whether he would be the one that was dead or the one that was the prestige. After the trick, one of him would be in the tank, going through drowning, and the other would be the prestige. Both Angiers wouldn't feel the same thoughts after the cloning, and only one of them would be alive. After the cloning, they are two different people with different thought processes.]]

** Sarah. Having to put up with a husband who loves you one day, then is emotionally abusive the next will take it's toll on anyone.
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** Sarah. Having to put up with a husband who loves you one day, then is emotionally abusive the next will take it's toll on anyone. [[spoiler: Even more when she figures out that she has been manipulated and used by two men her entire life: she almost immediately hangs herself.]]
7th Aug '15 9:38:50 PM Rockatt
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** The bird trick, once you learn how it works, as one little boy does.
13th Jun '15 8:49:23 AM RobTan
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* SlobsVersusSnobs: Working-class cockney Borden and aristocratic Lord Cawdlow ([[spoiler:Angier]])
18th May '15 5:40:26 PM nombretomado
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* AwardSnub: It was nominated for only ''two'' AcademyAwards - Best Art Direction for Nathan Crowley and Best Cinematography for Wally Pfister, losing both. Some accused the Academy of consciously snubbing the film to ensure that ''Film/TheDeparted'' finally delivered Creator/MartinScorsese an Oscar after several Award Snubs of his own, though Christopher Nolan himself said that he wouldn't have expected this film to beat ''The Departed'' even if it '''had''' been nominated, and that if anything the problem was that ''The Prestige'' got released a little too early to take advantage of the usual "Oscar Buzz" season.
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* AwardSnub: It was nominated for only ''two'' AcademyAwards UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s - Best Art Direction for Nathan Crowley and Best Cinematography for Wally Pfister, losing both. Some accused the Academy of consciously snubbing the film to ensure that ''Film/TheDeparted'' finally delivered Creator/MartinScorsese an Oscar after several Award Snubs of his own, though Christopher Nolan himself said that he wouldn't have expected this film to beat ''The Departed'' even if it '''had''' been nominated, and that if anything the problem was that ''The Prestige'' got released a little too early to take advantage of the usual "Oscar Buzz" season.
24th Apr '15 11:46:38 AM Eegah
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Even though Borden and Angier are the main characters of the movie, it's hard to figure out which one is the protagonist and which one is the antagonist. Both go so deeply into their art, even to the point of alienating their loved ones, that their acts of sabotage make it very hard to choose a person to root for.
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Even though Borden and Angier are the main characters of the movie, it's hard to figure out which one is the protagonist and which one is the antagonist. Both go so deeply into their art, even to the point of alienating their loved ones, that their acts of sabotage make it very hard to choose a person to root for. When the winner is finally revealed, your reaction is likely to just be "Huh, so I guess he was supposed to be the good guy the whole time."
29th Mar '15 11:40:03 PM Shaorai217
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* RewatchBonus: In spades.
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* RewatchBonus: In spades. This film is even more interesting to watch once you know [[spoiler: Christian Bale is playing two characters]]. It takes some careful analysis of the plot and close attention to the performance, but [[spoiler: the two twins have very distinct personalities, and Christian Bale plays them differently, in a subtle way. Even their accents are slightly different, especially when angry or drunk (when the facade is weakest). This is particularly impressive, since it is a subtlety of acting performance that not only won't an audience likely get the first time through, they're NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO. Which leads to an extra bit of FridgeBrilliance when you realize there's another art form that involves the artist doing a lot of work that the audience isn't supposed to notice--magic.]]
29th Mar '15 11:30:44 PM Shaorai217
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* RewatchBonus: In spades.
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