The Illusionist vs The Prestige. What movie do you prefer?

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by urrutiap, Jan 7, 2022.

  1. urrutiap

    urrutiap Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 27, 2018
    Which of the two magic/magician movies do you prefer where the movie is grounded in reality yada yada?
  2. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
    The Prestige is a far better movie.
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  3. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 30, 2009
    Northern Ontario, Canada
    I don't really remember much of The Illusionist, but I do remember The Prestige quite a bit. I think that says a lot.
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  4. auntiehill

    auntiehill The Blooness Premium Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    on the sofa
    They are both good films and I enjoyed them both, but I think The Prestige is a better film---more nuanced, more tightly scripted, more tragic. I have a real soft spot for The Illusionist--I like the fairytale tone and the cast, especially Giamatti, do a fine job. They both have similar tales of brutal obsession and both have magicians as the main characters. However The Prestige has more energy, keeping the audience more engaged in the events, and has a more horrific reveal that packs quite a punch.
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  5. XCV330

    XCV330 Premium Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Both good films but the Illusionist is more fun. Rufus Sewell, who has been shortchanged for both the Academy Award and the Nobel Peace Prize several years running is really the scene stealer in this, but there are admirable performances by Biel, Giamatti and that guy that was the Hulk in that one movie. No not that guy, the one after him. I love the stylistic way the movie was handled, and the last few minutes of the inspector figuring it all out and actually rejoicing in it, or it may simply be Paul Giamatti's sense of gratitude for being in a film with Rufus Sewell once more. Either way, it works.
  6. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    I like them both, but it's really no comparison. The Prestige is damn near a masterpiece. The Illusionist is just a fun movie with a neat twist, & honestly the Prestige cast is so much better it's stupefying imho. I will give The Illusionist credit for being wonderfully & delightfully shot, & for what it is, a cloaked love story, it delivers quite well, but the Prestige is just relentless layers of well written & executed drama

    I recall being rather disheartened that they both released around the same time, & seemed to be competing as a result. They're not even close to being a similar thing, despite the overall premise of European magicians at the turn of the 20th century-ish
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  7. Push The Button

    Push The Button Commodore Commodore

    Feb 21, 2013
    Putnam, Connecticut USA
    The Prestige has Michael Caine, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla, so it is my favorite of the two.
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