The post for yesterday didn’t really happen but I did manage to squeeze in a movie on my down time and I felt like I needed a little magic in my life so I put in a movie I’ve been wanting to see since it hit the big screen but missed because lets just say, I was the only one that was enthusiastic about it. Despite the pretty much average reviews, I still have rather high hopes for this one. Lets do it! Back on track with catching up on 2013 flicks :)
Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
Four solo magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Wood Harrelson, Dave Franco) come together to form the Four Horsemen. In their first act in Las Vegas, they attempt to rob a bank and give back to the audience. This alerts the FBI and the case is handed to Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) who is forced to team up with Interpol agent, Alma Dary (Melanie Laurent) to try and catch them. Meanwhile, they seem to always be a step ahead.
Now You See Me is a crime/mystery thriller. Let me first talk about why this movie drew me in. First of all, its about magic. I like that stuff. I’m one of those really easily tricked people and I can never replicate or figure out how any trick is done so I’m the optimal target audience for this because I’ll just lick it right up and not really think but enjoy the show. Second, notice the cast up there. Its full of actors and actresses I like (if not, love). I’ll elaborate on that point a bit later. Last, its essentially a heist flick, a thriller and a mystery, all of the above is one of my favorite genres.
Now You See Me is very much like watching a magic show. Everything is flashy and there’s plenty of action. The first two acts were fun and impeccable to watch on screen. The effects were not so 2013 but more 2003 but thats okay, I’m not very nitpicky about that sort of thing. Its really just something I noticed. The action was great and for the most part, I was pretty drawn into the movie. The only deal was that there was something missing to pull me in completely because right near the finale, I pressed pause and was about to shower and then I noticed I had 15 minutes so I sat back down and continued on. Usually, I don’t want to leave my chair at the end. So I acknowledge something wasn’t there, I just can’t pinpoint what. Maybe its the connection to any of the characters…I need to think that one through again.
With that point we head into the characters. Other than Dave Franco being a new face (which I’ve only seen before in 21 Jump Street) in The Four Horsemen, I really like the other three. Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson worked fantastic in Zombieland so I was hopeful about their performance here and it didn’t disappoint. I love Isla Fisher because she is quite good in a lot of the roles. Dave Franco was pretty good too and well, he has charm and style. The Four Horsemen meshed well together and that carried a good part of the movie to a good level for me. And then we come to our opposite party, Melanie Laurent and Mark Ruffalo. I’ve only seen these two previously separately in one other movie before this one, I was alright with them in this. I can’t help but feel like it could have been better, but I’m no expert at this so its just a feeling I’m getting. Finally, we have two of my favorite actors: Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. They may have very small roles but I pretty much have admitted that Michael Caine doesn’t have to do much and he can be totally awesome, the same goes for Morgan Freeman :) Great actors can portray what they want to convey in their facial expressions and these two do it so well.
Now You See Me is really a movie that resembles watching a magic show. You either buy it or you don’t. For me, my fascination for magic probably made me like this movie a lot more than the majority of viewers. The cast and their chemistry with each other brings the movie to a more enjoyable level as well. There are some part of the plot that seems to fall flat, especially nearing the end when it becomes a bit more predictable in some parts where I did guess it but it could have gone both ways. After these are magicians, so you never know if what happens is what they planned or not.
There is no doubt in my mind that I believe this is a good movie. I would gladly watch it again, maybe not in abundance but its one that I bought their acts and I had fun and was entertained. Thats what matters in the end, right?
Have you seen Now You See Me? What do you think about it?