Christopher Nolan (2020)
Stuck in Christopher’s Nolan filmography between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, I think this movie deserves more recognition.
At the end of the 19th Century, two magicians battle each other to present the most spectacular tricks, the duel inevitably spirals down the darkest depths of human nature.
The Bad: I’d have liked a bit more length in character moments
The Good: Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman really sell the bitter rivalry between the two magicians, as usual Michael Caine is impeccable, and the lovely Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall bring a bit of rest in this cruel world, technically very solid, beautiful costumes and locations
My opinion: In terms of structure, it might be the most Nolanian of Nolan films. Through many twists and turns, it slowly takes you from not understanding what’s going on at all, to a grande finale where all becomes clear, and it is spine-chilling.
A very effective thriller, that shows the dire consequences of vanity, pride, and the desire to win at all costs.