Thursday, November 23, 2006

More movies

So we saw The Prestige the other night, and loved it. In case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s the story of two magicians who start out working together – kind of apprentices to an older, experienced guy – and end up arch-rivals. Their lives become a constant game of one-upmanship, which they really take to extremes. The whole thing is quite dark, and a kind of whodunnit with a magic twist. There’s more than one puzzle to solve, and while I picked up a few clues, I didn’t manage to put the whole thing together until the big All Is Revealed final scene. But maybe I’m just a bit slow…

I’d give it 5 out of 5. It would have been a 4 out of 5 rating, but there was that scene where Hugh Jackman takes his shirt off. - Definitely worth an extra mark.


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While we’re on the subject of movies, we also got Brokeback Mountain on DVD on the weekend. Overall, I liked this one too – the acting was great, the story poignant, the scenery breathtaking, and Ang Lee’s direction brilliant as usual. My only complaint was that it was a bit long and, well…slow.

The movie is based on a short story by Annie Proulx, who’s one of my favourite authors. But I recall that her book, The Shipping News, which was a riveting read (well, it would be, wouldn't it? It did win the Pulitzer Prize, after all), failed to sparkle when translated to the screen. Bike Boy’s theory is that her books just don’t translate well into movies.

So I’m testing out his theory - I went out and bought the book yesterday. I’m looking forward to reading it, once I find an hour or two.

2 comments:

kathrynoh said...

I don't think The Prestige has been marketed very well. The name and the posters for it didn't do much for me, then I read a review last week and it sounds nothing like I imagined. I've got a free movie ticket so must get along to see it.

Btw I liked the movie version of the Shipping News.

Amy said...

I loved The Prestige too - then again I'd probably love anything with 3 of the hottest people in the world :D

I didn't have it completely figured out until the very end either - nor did the 3 others I was with!

And I had no idea Teslar was David Bowie until afterwards! I wouldn't have picked him in a million years, he looked completely different :|

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