088: The Prestige Movie Podcast — Rated 75% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Prestige is a magical film — no really, it’s all about magicians. Made smack in the middle of Christopher Nolan’s Batman renaissance, the Prestige brings Nolan’s unique style into a new setting full of twists and turns.
Premise: After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%
- The Disaster Artist — Scott gives his initial reactions to an early screening of this James and Dave Franco led film based on The Room.
- Lady Bird — I rave about this Greta Gerwig film, citing it as one of my favorites of this year. Lucas Hedges makes me cry, basically.
- Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri — Scott jumps to another Lucas Hedges film, from a director he’s never really gelled with. This time, however, he loved the final product.
- Marvel’s Runaways — Max rambles about one of his favorite comics and the adaptation that is now on Hulu. Here be spoilers — he loves it.
- Get Out — The podcast boys catch up on this year’s surprise hit, and discuss a little bit about what is fun in this film and what they want to see from Jordan Peele.
- Landline — Max and his wife watched this film and had different reactions. If you’re fond of Jenny Slate, check it out.
Questions we ask ourselves about The Prestige:
- How does this film hold up as an example of Christopher Nolan’s work?
- Does the nested story work better here or in Inception?
- Does the shift of hero to villain work well here?
- Could the narrative be more clear or is the obfuscation purposeful enough to work?
- Has Nolan fixed his female characters problem yet?
- Is there a reason this is one of Nolan’s lowest rated films?