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18 October 2006 @ 11:20 pm
The Prestige  
Having seen the movie, I wouldn't necessarily view most of what I'm going to type as a spoiler (most of it's fine, but don't skip to the bottom if you want a pure first-viewing experience).  But looking at it through the eyes of myself a couple days ago, I'd still be ticked if I read this without so much as a warning, so here's the standard spoiler alert.

I enjoyed much of the movie.  The acting is great, the writing and directing are very good...  But I still left the movie feeling kind of ugh.  Took me a while to pinpoint it -- at first, I thought it was the strong attempts to keep the story rooted in our reality EXCEPT FOR THAT ONE THING, but I later figured out that that wasn't it.

My problem with the movie is that the whole thing, from about five minutes in to the end, is a series of escalations on a theme of revenge.  The whole movie is negative.  And it's done well, so when you leave the theatre you feel extremely negative as well.

Once I figured that out and put a name on it, I was able to release the pent-up negativity that the movie had built.  Now I don't feel nearly as bad about it.

OK, this one is spoilerish, so go away now if you don't want to see it:

All in all, it very much is one of those movies that you need to see at least twice to really get it - which is cool and well planned out, except that I feel no compulsion to watch it a second time.  I've got enough negativity in my life - I don't feel the need to add to it.
lindasings on October 19th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Were you at the Arclight Monday? Matt and I were there. I'm pretty sure I told you we were going.

I think the problem with the story is not so much that it's about revenge -- so's Sweeney Todd -- but that both the main characters are so cruel to one another. There's no one to root for. Both would willingly cripple the other and have no scruples about hurting an outsider in order to do so.
Lightwayslightways on October 19th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
We were at a Creative Screenwriters screening at the Pacific Design Center last night to see it. (Not a great theater for viewing btw)