Now You See Me (2013)

Now You See Me… I can’t disappear so I’m not sure where I’m going with this. However, I do know that Now You See Me does succeed in creating a grand illusion. The illusion is that its plot is more complex/deep than you thought. That’s not to say that I didn’t have fun at this movie. Next to Fast and Furious 6, it’s the movie that I think you need to go out and see if you’re looking to have a good time. The best moments in this film come from its powerhouse comedy duo of Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. Their on-screen chemistry is great and their sarcasm and wit dominates their scenes. This movie does have a lot of great illusions and tricks that look great on the big screen, but it kind of sucks when you find out how they’re done… I guess magic isn’t real after all. But, it certainly feels real in the moment. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine add a nice little rivalry to the film, unlike their relationship in the Dark Knight Trilogy.

The movie does combine some aspects of mythology (which I enjoyed) and also plays off of the fact that there aren’t a lot of believers in magic these days. Mark Ruffalo’s character is a great non-believer that has to chase down The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco) and suspend his disbelief towards their illusions. It’s a decently paced movie that’s sure to entertain all audiences. A quote that really stuck out to me is one of the movies tag-lines, and I think it may reflect the movie somewhat. “Come in close, because the more you think you see, the easier it’ll be to fool you”. I paid close attention in the film and really enjoyed it. I know some others who didn’t enjoy it as much and maybe that’s because I looked too close and was fooled into thinking it was more than I’d initially thought. Either way you look at it, this film is great fun to watch and the illusions will really blow you away! Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, Tiffany’s Top Ten Thoughts on Now You See Me!

It’s time you forgot about those terrible movie magicians and focused up on us real magicians… well somewhat real magicians…

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson are the best and most hilarious part of this movie. They go great together.

There’s quite a bit of unnecessary filler time in the movie. They could’ve cut around 20 minutes.

The Magic/Illusions are a lot of fun to watch! Some will blow you away with their complexity!

The French agent, Alma (Melanie Laurent), has a lot of random mood swings throughout the film. Tough to understand her.

Mark Ruffalo plays a great, non-believing FBI Agent hot on the tail of the Four Horsemen. He’s funny and gets exploited by the magicians.

I wanted to see more from Isla Fisher and Dave Franco. They have great characters, but they have much smaller roles.

Morgan Freeman’s magic debunking show adds an interesting layer to the film. Magic rivalry!

There are a lot of unrealistic handling’s by the FBI. Like, a lot…

There is a pretty cool tie in to Egyptian Mythology in the film. I’m a huge fan of mythology so I loved it.

The whole film centers around magic and illusions, but the last scene relies on love… come on…

Seeing Michael Cain threaten Morgan Freeman is epic. Freeman’s calm state is also epic. Two movie greats!

I wish that we would learn more about the Four Horsemen’s tasks.

It’s really cool to see how a lot of the illusions were pulled off. Very simplistic, yet complex.

There are some unexpected twists in this film, but nothing that’s going to blow you away.

This is the best movie I’ve seen about magic in a long time. (Yes, I also saw Burt Wonderstone… let’s not talk about that…)

The trailers spoil some of the coolest illusions and moments! (Still fun in the moment!)

The idea of mentalism that Woody uses is hilarious and surprisingly very realistic. I’ll have to look into it…

Some of the technology in this film seemed incredibly unrealistic and didn’t fit well.

This movie has hidden events that turn into larger ones later on in the film… So look closely…

There is tons of cliche and cheesy dialog in this movie…

Overall:

Now You See Me is a fun, popcorn flick. It’s certainly very enjoyable, as it’s tricks and illusions will entertain and puzzle you. The film falls short in its story towards then end. Things seem a bit cluttered and confusing. Also, there’s such a lack of Dave Franco and Isla Fisher, whom have really great roles! They’re interesting characters, but they’re quickly overshadowed by Harrelson and Eisenberg. However, you’re going to love the banter between Harrelson and Eisenberg, as they sound similar to their characters in “Zombieland”, or Eisenberg’s “Social Network”. It’s a very entertaining movie (aside from the 20 minutes of filler time) and you’re sure to have a blast when you watch it. Some of the illusions really blew me away. I was just kind of bummed out when I saw how they were created. It almost steals away the little amount of magic the movie has going for it. I still think you should go see this because it’s one of the best movies out right now and will provide a fun time for people of all ages. My advice, don’t look too closely into it, or else you might find yourself in my position, pondering a lot of things that could have been done differently.

Now You See Me Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzJNYYkkhzc

3 STARS!!!

3 / 5 stars     

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