The Prestige is Christopher Nolan's Greatest Movie Ever.

I love this movie. This movie eats The Dark Knight Trilogy and Dunkirk and Intersteller.

The suspense of this movie is just bone chilling. The casting is steller. The story is deep. And I feel its ending is satisfying enough.

C'mon man- we all know it's really Memento.

Prestige is easily in his top 3 though

I know I am in the minority, but outside of the TDK trilogy, I find most of Nolan's works unengaging. Inception suffers the most from this. As its ideas were done better in Dark City, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Evil Within 1 & 2. Inception was way too long and suffered from expositionitis. Show, don't tell Nolan.

Samtemdo8:
I love this movie. This movie eats The Dark Knight Trilogy and Dunkirk and Intersteller.

The suspense of this movie is just bone chilling. The casting is steller. The story is deep. And I feel its ending is satisfying enough.

I agree. It's his best work by far.

Also, Scarlett Johansson is in it. That's an instant win as well.

I mean, Prestige is good, and it gave us David Bowie as Nikola Tesla, but I'm with Squilookle; Memento is his best film

Yes, either this or Memento. I actually think the Dark Knight movies and Inception are pretty bad. Haven't seen Dunkirk and Interstellar. I don't really like Nolan's movies.

I'm sorry, but I'm just not impressed by movies about magic tricks.

There's no skill involved in making movies about magic tricks when CGI and special effects trump the need for clever slight of hand and misdirection.

Dirty Hipsters:
I'm sorry, but I'm just not impressed by movies about magic tricks.

There's no skill involved in making movies about magic tricks when CGI and special effects trump the need for clever slight of hand and misdirection.

I thought that was the problem with The Illusionist, but The Prestige doesn't really bank on the "spectacle" of the magic tricks so much as figuring out the logic to the tricks. Same as in real life, the explanation is usually as obvious as it's disappointing.

Not only is Memento his best movie, it's probably the only movie of his that I like. Guy Pierce gives the most genuinely human performance out of any of Nolan's protagonists, and the movie isn't up it's own ass with exposition. And the exposition that is there works for Leonard's broken mind. I've never seen The Prestige but I suspect it has the same level of Nolan dullness as Inception and Interstellar.

it is definitely up there with Memento for sure. they're two completely different beasts though so can't directly compare to which is better. had a rewatch a few months back with someone who hadn't seen it before and can say it still was as great as first vaguely remembered. a well made period drama of rivalry and the lengths overly ambitious performers can go to. also Bale is bestie

It's either Prestige, or Memento.

Thanks to this thread I just learned he's remaking Memento.

Dirty Hipsters:
I'm sorry, but I'm just not impressed by movies about magic tricks.

There's no skill involved in making movies about magic tricks when CGI and special effects trump the need for clever slight of hand and misdirection.

That's not what The Prestige is about.

I enjoy Nolan fanboy tears and Nolan hater tears equally.

Wintermute:
Thanks to this thread I just learned he's remaking Memento.

I hope he remembers what worked and forgets the rest.

Also Nolan's best movie is the one with Al Pacino.

Inception's my favorite, but The Prestige is definitely in my top 5.

Been seeing it a lot on HBO lately and forgot how good it is.

Adam Jensen:

Dirty Hipsters:
I'm sorry, but I'm just not impressed by movies about magic tricks.

There's no skill involved in making movies about magic tricks when CGI and special effects trump the need for clever slight of hand and misdirection.

That's not what The Prestige is about.

I know what the prestige is about, I've seen it.

That doesn't invalidate my opinion that I'm not impressed by any movie where the entire plot revolves around the performance of magic tricks.

McElroy:

Also Nolan's best movie is the one with Al Pacino.

The one with Pacino and late Robin Williams that everyone forgot? I think it was called "Insomnia". It was a good crime drama, but somewhat "usual" for Nolan.

The Prestige is my favorite movie of all-time actually. Memento is also a masterpiece but my 1st-time watch of The Prestige was so amazing. I also love to sell The Prestige to people as Batman vs Wolverine in MAGIC!!!

Now you're looking for the secret, but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.

Dirty Hipsters:
I know what the prestige is about, I've seen it.

That doesn't invalidate my opinion that I'm not impressed by any movie where the entire plot revolves around the performance of magic tricks.

"There's no skill involved in making movies about magic tricks when CGI and special effects trump the need for clever slight of hand and misdirection."

The trick that the plot does revolve around requires literally no special effects. Also, the entire movie is a perfectly executed exercise in slight of hand and misdirection without ever lying to the audience either (and even tells the audience the secret on more than one occasion).

Nolan's movies are fine, generally pretty good actually. I would say Memento is his best... but I can't. It was a great story, brilliantly told, but I can't stand watching it. The nature of the premise makes it unbearable for me to watch. I can't stand the constantly repeated information. Yes I understand the main character can't remember that detail, but I'm not him... I CAN remember things, GET ON WITH IT MOVIE. Stop re-iterating the main character's condition by re-iterating EVERY SINGLE SCENE over and over. I understand his condition... get on with the movie. It was 1/2 of a great movie, surrounded by a clip show episode... of that movie.

Of his movies the best pure experience I had was probably The Prestige. The problem with that is replay value. Once you've seen it the experience is greatly diminished for the repeat experience. So that makes the best value, either The Dark Knight or Inception. And I give the edge to Inception because once you've watched Cracked break down the Joker's plan it will never make any kind of sense again. And once you see the time skips, the continuity errors are hard to unsee as well. At least "it is all a dream" explains them away in Inception.

Wintermute:
Thanks to this thread I just learned he's remaking Memento.

Is that really happening? I found stories from Screen Rant and Hollywood reporter at the top of the search but they're from 2015.

ITMT: The Dark Knight is currently my favorite movie. Period. I went to watch high lights and found myself just rewatching the entire thing! Love Prestige: I have it on Bluray. Takes 3rd after Memento though, production values wise, it is superior.

Following is a fun, tiny little movie that subverted my expectations. It was on Netflix Streaming. It is only like 50 minutes long, very worth watching.

 

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