The Prestige

Two rival magicians go to extremes to destroy each other in this movie adaptation of the novel. I should have liked it more. It was intelligent and filled with twists and surprises. The trouble was that it didn’t really work. The inciting incident (which is different from the book) should never have been a mystery to the characters who become fabulously wealthy in their low paying careers and are both utterly repulsive. In addition to unsympathetic protagonists, the plot itself, especially early on, was disjointed and rushed. After the opening night showing I had to clarify the events to a member of the audience who had just attempted to explain it to another.