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Wayner’s ‘Now You See Me’ Review: Movie Magic Or Just A Trick?

‘Now You See Me’ Movie Review

Movies are the closest thing we have to real magic. They can teleport you to far off lands. They can make people fly and animals talk. They can even make people disappear.  Unfortunately all of the tricks in the world can’t make a movie live up to its potential.

Plot:

An FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol agent (Mélanie Laurent) trail a group of four Illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco) who have been robbing banks and giving money to their audience. The group of illusionists is called “The Four Horseman” and as you would expect, they have a few tricks up their sleeves for the authorities.

Analysis:

It hurts me to write this because I wanted to love this movie. It had all of the elements of  a great summer flick. Awesome cast – Check. Cool premise- Check. Kick-ass trailer – Check. From a distance this film might look like a masterpiece, but that’s just a simple magic trick.

Lets start with what the movie did right; it keeps you guessing. What more can you ask for a thriller movie other than unpredictability? This movie will make you think everyone is in on the magic trick. Then when the credits role you can tell everyone you knew it all along. But you really didn’t.

Another positive asset of the flick is the use of movie magic. It is easy to make magic look convincing when you have the help of movie magic to make it look seamless. However, this makes you think these magicians are too good. It shatters the suspension of disbelief because you begin to wonder if real street magicians would ever be able to pull off these tricks. They couldn’t.

My issue with this movie is that it’s a mash-up of other movies. The best parts of this movie have already been done before and been done better. It still takes you on a fun ride, but the resolution doesn’t really satisfy once you think about it.

Another thing that bothered me with the film was the unresolved ties at the end. Not to mention how the magicians at the end of the film have pretty much become sorcerers.


This is a fun, “don’t take it too seriously” type of film.  It’s more of a movie about detectives tracking magicians, than magicians evading detectives. 76-year-old Morgan Freeman and 80-year-old Michael Caine are still at points in their career the most will never experience.

Verdict:

‘Now You See Me’ was an OK fun ride that will keep you guessing until the very last minute. It is well acted and the writing is clever and witty. My only real issue comes with the glue that holds the movie together and since this is a spoiler free review you will just have to see for yourself.  If this movie were a magic show, it wouldn’t be headlining the MGM; it might be down the street at Golden Nugget.

Review Overview

Movie Melt Score - 5.5

5.5

A decent fun-ride that certainly keeps you guessing until the end, which although kind of clever, lacks the substance to hold up. It's the same old problem when it comes to these magic-movies. More of a Golden Nugget than an MGM.

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