Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Abra, Abra Cadabra...

It’s always kind of interesting--to me at least--to see when little stock companies seem to form. Director Christopher Nolan’s next movie is the highly interesting (not a phrase I use in relation to many movies these days) The Prestige. Per the IMDB: “Based on Christopher Priest's 1996 novel, [Christian] Bale and [Hugh] Jackman play rival magicians in turn-of-the-century London who battle each other for trade secrets. The rivalry is so intense that it turns them into murderers.”

Aside from Bale, who starred in Nolan’s recent Batman Begins, that film’s costar Michael Caine is also appearing in the film. Since those three are sure to make another Batman movie together, and maybe a couple, they must presumably all enjoy collaborating. The cast also boasts several other name actors in supporting roles, including David Bowie (as Nikola Tesla!!), the ubiquitous Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo and Andy Serkis.

This is a good match for Jackman, I think, who I really always thought should be doing historicals ala Russell Crowe. The match of twin comic book movie stars is sure to attract the geek crowd, while Nolan’s presence indicates the movie won’t be stupid. That’s sadly a mark of some distinction.

The film is due out in October, and I have to say, is about the first movie of 2006 that I’m actually really interested in seeing. (There might be something else, but it doesn’t come to mind.)

10 Comments:

At 9:56 AM, Blogger Keith said...

The plot also sounds similar to "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell," which I found to be quite an enjoyable read, though not one you can carry around with you.

Do they team up to fight a giant killer crocodile though. Or just Killer Croc, I suppose. Ha, because, you know Batman...oh, never mind. Back to my cage I go.

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I'm assuming these are stage magicians rather than wizards, though. At least I hope so, I think it would be interesting to see guys using their illusion skills and tricks against each other, and I was thinking how refreshing it would be to see an action-oriented movie that didn't revolve around huge explosions and special effect sequences and such.

Of course, that might not be the movie Nolan is making. I'm hoping, so.

 
At 10:41 AM, Anonymous ERicb said...

Here's the amazon.com entry for the novel: here


The narrative structure sounds pretty complicated. I wonder how they will transfer it to the screen.

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I haven't seen Memento, but it doesn't sound like "complicated" is much of a problem for Nolan.

Too bad so few filmmakers get the difference between complicated and busy--assuming they're even willing to try busy.

 
At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Ericb said...

"Busy"? Like Frankenstein Island?

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Christopher said...

"the ubiquitous Scarlett Johansson"

You say that like it's a bad thing.

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Nah, ubiquitous isn't a judgement, just an observation.

Frankenstein Island is indeed busy, but I was thinking more along the lines of the last two Matrix movies, which just kept adding new characters in place of being deep in any real sense.

 
At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Prankster said...

Yes, I'm pretty sure they're playing stage magicians, not wizards. Which is not to say there may not be some magic realism in the movie. While I'm no expert, I have read a little about 19th and early 20th century illusionists, and there were indeed some intense rivalries and accusations of dirty dealings thrown around. Murder doesn't seem like that much of a stretch.

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger Jessica R. said...

You do know Ken that know I have to kill you for getting that song stuck in my head.

 
At 1:42 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Are you gonna reach out and grab me?

 

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