View Full Version : How to make competing movies: "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist"
1st Aug 06, 11:53 AM
http://www.apple.com/trailers/touchstone/theprestige/hd/ - with both lead actor and director from Batman Begins - and Michael Caine!
http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/theillusionist/ with Ed Norton in what looks like a perfectly cast role, and story with an apparent twist.
Why they both come out this year is a rather odd hollywoodian coincidence, but it doesn't matter. From the trailers alone, I wanna go see both of 'em.
Discuss: which one would you prefer, and why? Alternately, is this the kind of movie you aren't interested in at all?
1st Aug 06, 12:15 PM
I'm rather interested in both of them. It's odd that the two movies are so simmilar, and set in almost the same time period. It doesn't seem like anything special, but I enjoy the trailers storyline, and the characters are done well.
1st Aug 06, 12:15 PM
Both movies have some good talent attached, but I think I would go for the The Prestige for having a greater quantity.
The Illusionist has Edward Norton, but then it also has Jessica Biel :\
I think the Prestige looked a lot better, but that's just me. :)
1st Aug 06, 1:34 PM
THe prestige has DAVID BOWIE playing Nickola Tesla and is therefore WIN WIN WIN
1st Aug 06, 2:16 PM
Since I hate clicking on links to video I have no idea what you guys are talking about.
1st Aug 06, 2:32 PM
then why comment?
1st Aug 06, 3:12 PM
to mark his territory.
they both look good. its interesting how the color filters are exactly the same as well. i think i'm more interested in the illusionist though
1st Aug 06, 3:30 PM
The Prestige looks like it could amazing. The Illusionist looks good, and I like Paul Giamatti (sp?) and Norton so I'll probably see that too. They come out a few months apart so its like you can't go see two cool movies :yippee: .
1st Aug 06, 4:07 PM
/me visualizes Paladin lifting his leg next to a fire hydrant.
I'd suggest that the Illusionist is more of a "drama" while The Prestige is more of a "suspense" film, judging from the general amount of screams vs. dialogue in the trailers. It's pretty obvious that Illusionist is built around a love triangle, while Prestige seems more to be pure rivalry.
1st Aug 06, 4:24 PM
Actually it was a sneaky attempt to get someone to post summaries so that I could read what the movies were about, instead of having to sit through a silly trailer.
1st Aug 06, 5:57 PM
Oh god the horror of having to watch two three-minute trailers so one can post something of value in a thread! :boohoo:
1st Aug 06, 7:46 PM
I have seen The Illusionist and it was excellent. I would recommend it to pretty much everyone, it's well done enough to transcend genre, if you know what I mean.
I don't think there's a love triangle per se, and the majority of the movie isn't concerned with romance at all. But the guiding structure of the movie is one of romance. If you get my drift. I don't really want to spoil the movie any because it does keep you guessing and keeps its options open until the end. Spoiling this movie will definitely, uh, spoil your experience.
It is definitely a drama more than anything else. All the actors involved put out excellent performances, although the female lead didn't actually do much, despite being a main character.
Part of that is that the movie is really told from the perspective of a police inspector.
Fans of... 'victorian intrigue..?' and students of history will really like the movie considering its setting.
Don't know anything about The Prestige.
2nd Aug 06, 2:10 AM
Personally I'm more interested in The Prestige, since it seems to have much more mystery than The Illusionist.
THe prestige has DAVID BOWIE playing Nickola Tesla and is therefore WIN WIN WINI second that.
I'm plannning on seeing them (pending non-terrible reviews) for the steampunk factor. They perhaps might be good films too.
2nd Aug 06, 8:21 AM
They both look good and they both have respectable actors. I think the prestige looks like it might be more interesting but Id go see the Illusionist anyday just because of Ed Norton.
TheDeadlyShoe, howd you already see it? :confused:
Lucky bastard... haha.
I'd like to see the trailers, but Quicktime refuses to play them due to 'bad public movie atoms', whatever the devil that means.
Apple needs to learn how to write error messages so we can understand what they actually are, I mean, seriously:/
2nd Aug 06, 9:26 AM
It probably means that you need to update your Quicktime install. :juggle:
2nd Aug 06, 10:08 AM
am I the only one excited by the presence of David Bowie :p
2nd Aug 06, 10:19 AM
Not at all. I just didn't see him in the trailer.
Who doesn't want Bowie after seeing Labyrinth?!
2nd Aug 06, 10:40 AM
TheDeadlyShoe, howd you already see it?
It was the opening movie of the Seattle International Film Festival.
I thought david bowie was dead :P
2nd Aug 06, 11:53 AM
I just didn't see him in the trailer.
2nd Aug 06, 12:19 PM
he is a master of disguise!
2nd Aug 06, 2:13 PM
ITS AN ILLUSON!!1
-- Retro, bluntly stating the obvious.
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