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Weekender Movies at Muscat – Pachaikili Muthucharam & The Prestige March 16, 2007

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Movies.
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Watched Pachaikili Muthucharam (Tamil) at Star Cinema yesterday. Quite credible performance by a star cast comprising of Sarath Kumar, Jyothika, Andrea and Milind Soman. I strongly recommend you to watch this movie if you dig family-oriented romances that’s got elements of suspense in them. The music score by Harris Jayaraj is impressive. The melodious Unakkul Nan by Bombay Jayashree is one of the best numbers from Kollywood in the recent past. Directed by Gautham Menon, Pachaikili Muthucharam is a story about a married man who falls for another married woman and the interesting turns their lives take due to their dangerous infatuation. Warning: After watching Pachaikili Muthucharam, one should expect anyone with a commitment to a loved one think a wee bit before straying out of that commitment – cuz sometimes it’s not really worth it!!! The film is inspired by the bestselling book, Derailed by James Siegel which was later adapted into a film with the same title starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston.

The Prestige (English) is one of the most raved about movies from 2006 – it enjoys a 74% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Watched it at Ruwi Cinema today. Starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie, this twister-turner thriller is directed by Christian Nolan who gave us the flick Batman Begins. Nominated for two Academy Awards, The Prestige is the tale of the intense rivalry of Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, stage magicians in Victorian era London. The film follows a non-linear narrative and is adapted from Christopher Priest’s award-winning 1995 novel of the same name. My advice to you if you are watching The Prestige is to watch it closely, just like you watch a magician perform a sleight of hand. If you are not going to watch it closely, you will miss its magic like an illusion – just like I did!!!

A powerful exposition of the themes of obsession, sacrifice, deceit and secrecy, the film is split into three storylines, each resembling one of the three stages of magic – setup, or the “pledge,” where the magician shows the audience something that appears ordinary but is probably not, making use of misdirection; performance, or the “turn,” where the magician makes the ordinary act extraordinary and the “prestige,” where the effect of the illusion is produced. David Bowie plays an important role in The Prestige as scientist Nikola Tesla – his character was portrayed interestingly enough that I’m going to read more about him in the days to come.

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