The first part is called The Pledge
. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. Or a film.
He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. You know it isn't. He told you in the opening scene.
The second act is called The Turn
. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something-
-Extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret, everything is
... 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. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call The Prestige
Perhaps cinema can best be described as a trick. Nothing actually happens like it appears too and the director is there to take you along the ride and stop you from ever looking at the cracks.
Rivalry takes over the lives of two men, after an unfortunate accident, at they continue to take more and more from each other, too obsessed to ever let the other win.
Except there's something more than that, a true magician has to give up himself to the art, live his life as the trick and never reveal it.
Since a magician who reveals his secret is nothing. Everyone says they care, that they will do anything to know, but once they do, 'It's obvious when you know how'
! The greatest magician who ever was. Because what more is magic than knowing one more thing than everyone else? Telsa could do things people had never dreamed of before, but now we're used to these wonders it seems boring and tame. Perhaps it's the films one error. Everything was a performance, but it cheated at the end.
If thats its one flaw, I can't do anything but love this film because everything else was so perfect. The concept is undeniable, to see the illusion performed in front of yours eyes is intoxicating.
Great cinematography, incredible performances by everyone. I actually lost Hugh Jackman
and Scarlett Johansson
in their roles.
Every magic trick consists of three parts or acts.
Were you watching closely?