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The Prestige is a brilliant but complicated movie. We break it down a little bit for you. Here are some of the things we cover:

Whether or not this movie has a “good guy.”

How this entire movie is a magic trick and whether or not that makes it better.

Whether or not Christian Bale takes himself too seriously in this role.

Why Angier’s final monologue is total B.S.

How and why The Prestige differs from other period films.

References:

Interview with Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan, and Hugh Jackman

AV Club article breaking down all the layers of misdirection in this film

A fairly damning breakdown of the portrayal of women in Christopher Nolan films