THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (Christopher Nolan, 2012)

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This movie was just like me: severely bloated. I felt every minute of that 3-hour running time (and yes, I slept through most of the second act).

Batman seemed to be suffering from PMS and Bane was such a weak and uninteresting villain. You know something was wrong when the supporting players carried the weight of the movie (I enjoyed every scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine).

Besides, any movie that still had time to squeeze in a kiss before the hero saved the day was a definite groaner.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 1, 2012.)

THE PRESTIGE (Christopher Nolan, 2006)

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This movie plays very much like a magic trick with its three stages: The Pledge, The Turn, and The Prestige. The less one knows about how it works, the better the results are.

Behind this entire spectacle is Nolan, probably more known for his work on The Dark Knight and Inception. I prefer his little gems (this and Memento) since they create so much impact from such seemingly simple premises.

Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Michael Caine all provide amazing turns in their respective roles. Some might feel that this film is too gimmicky and a cheat, but hey, isn’t that how magic works?

Rating: 5/5