Last October, two of my most anticipated films of 2006 were released on the same day...The Prestige and Flags of Our Fathers.
In a post I pondered and asked which film would be viewed as the better film, the higher box office grosser, the more critically acclaimed, and the most award winning, and entertaining.
Now that a year has passed since there release I wanted to revisit this post. It's interesting, because even in the comments different commenters were excited about one or the other coming out.
Now it's time to answer those questions.
Flags of Our Fathers box office was disappointing relative to its $90 million production budget. It ended up grossing $33.6 million in the United States, and $32.3 million in World markets.
The Prestige with a $40 million production budget brought in $53 million in the US, and $56.5 million abroad.
With Flags of our Fathers, a good handful of little nominations here and there (art directors guild, BFCA, etc.). The film also received two academy award nominations for sound editing and sound mixing.
With The Prestige, also many little nominations (online film critics society, teen choice, empire awards, art directors guild) The film also received two academy award nominations for cinematography and art direction.
According to rottentomatoes, Flags scored a 73% (78% cream of the crop) in terms of critic ratings.
With the same rating scale, The Prestige scored a 75%, but top critics were not nearly as amused as the cream of the crop critics rankings place it at a 56%.
winner: Flags of our Fathers, by the nose of the critics.
Obviously, more people saw The Prestige in the theaters, and 85,000+ people have voted on imdb.com giving the film a ranking of 8.4 out out of 10...currently placing it as the #88 all time movie according to imdb.com voters and it's algorithm.
With Flags of our Fathers, only 21,000+ have registered a vote for the film...showing much fewer people have probably seen this film. It's ranking among viewers is 7.3 out of 10, and is not ranked in the imdb.com top 250.
winner: The Prestige
While, I'd have to say I enjoyed The Prestige more and am more likely to recommend it or rewatch it, I also appreciate the work of Eastwood's companion films of Flags of our Fathers along with Letters from Iwo Jima. I think Flags is an important story about heroes, because these iconic war heroes in the movie weren't really heroes at all, it was what they represented not who they were or what they did. Now, that's an interesting film theme.
To me the winner of "best" between these two, as shown in my top 10 from last year is The Prestige.