Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Illusionist V/S The Prestige

I would not say that this blog is a movie review, but rather it is a comparison.
Illusionist and Prestige are both based on common theme of "Magic". The Magical era of 19th century is common in both movies, and coincidently both of them were released nearly at same time. Climax for both movies end up in revealing some suspense.
In spite of all these similarities both movies are contrastingly different in presentation, approach and plot.

Illusionist has Edward Norton and Jessica Biel in lead, where as Prestige has huge star cast like Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johanson and Micheal Caine and off course a high profile director Christopher Nolan. Illusionist presents a different treatment of magic in form of a art and surprisingly disguised, as none of the tricks are revealed; whereas Prestige brings about scientific methodologies and craft behind the magic. Now the biggest attraction about Illusionist is Edward Norton, whose acting is perfect and flawless, Jessica Beil has also acted well, infact every one has played their part marvelously. Hugh Jackman's acting in prestige is disappointing, where as Christian Bale has acted very well. Bale has impressed me previously in Batman begins, here he has proved himself as much better actor than anyone else in movie. Scarlett has smaller role, not to mention her acting, but she was looking gorgeous(*drool) through out.

I liked set-up and backdrop of Illusionist very much, typical 19th century mannerism and old buildings and monuments and architecture, its just lovely. The screenplay of Prestige is whereas more impressive, and direction is also good. Illusionist is more focussed on love and feelings and emotions compared to prestige which has more of professional rivalry and talks more about tricks and sciences and other such things. Both movies tries to present that trick behind magic has to be disguised and that's what makes it interesting. Prestige tries to build up suspense till end and finally it is revealed in climax. Illusion has also very interesting climax, which few will like very much, while other will react as if it was just okay.

One more interesting part of Prestige is Tesla, one of the character who is a scientist building an electromagnetic machine. I will reveal any details about the machine, but it is an interesting part of story.
Overall both movies are good, but I liked Illusionist much better than Prestige.Illusionist keep you in fantasy land and it always shows magic like real magic, not to mention Edward Norton. His character Eishenheim carries an aura of magician or rather an illusionist, and Norton makes it look flawless. I must say that illusionist is a must watch movie.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


I have never written a poem, but today i have to try:

Randomize my thoughts
I opened a hole.
deep inside i saw nothing
i tried peeping hard to found out
what is new.

Deep inside me is the fear
the fear of losing.
I wonder what will i lose.
Can I lose my thoughts
Is this the train of thoughts ever stop....
I see meadow passing...
 experiencing a celluloid  of lifetime.

coming back, i see a real world..
plain and ashen like colours of my walls.
simpler although it may seems
yet, more complicated than my random thoughts.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Comic review: Funkaar

Yesterday, Somehow, I obtained a hard copy of Latest Nagraj comics "Funkaar" from Pune railway station(I think probably only place in pune to obtain comics.).
First thing which is great about this comic is printing quality, Raj comics has came along a long way and they certainly needed to upgrade their stuff and this is a good effort, so kudos to them!!
Secondly this comic has presented an entirely different perspective of story. I am observing from last few comics, the story seems repetitive, e.g. some villain sending some weirdo kinda monster with some highly gadgetic super powers and Nagraj finishing them with some super logic(kinda boring!). However in Funkaar, they have put some different kind of plot and different storyline.
I always liked the idea of Nagraj's personal story-line in comics, that's why i loved all "khajana" and the adjoining series comics, and for that matter i loved "Fun" most. Now in this comics Nagraj is struggling against his own self and is forced to make decisions. In western comics I have observed that heroes are always struggling with their own, this part of funkaar seems an extension of the same.
Thirdly i liked many new concepts like a negative world or rather a complementary world kinda parallel universe funda, which i found quite innovative.

Mostly this comic is worth a buy, I also looked for "Flemina", but to my dismay it wasn't available :(.

Well as pros there exists cons, I didn't like quite a few things about the comics like the super emotional melodrama in the end by Visharpi and embryo transplantation(Kinda lame, well, that's wat i think). One more thing which was disturbing was suddenly kaldoot is getting extinct, to which I find no logic and explanation. Well, inking and graphix are pretty awesome and much more expressive, with some flaw in the faces of Nagraj(well, that can be forgiven). I am little orthodox person, so l like old kinda Nagraj graphix, now the Nagraj seems quite complex in terms of facial and muscular expressions, but it is alright super hero must look like super hero.