Now You See Me

June 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Posted in 2013 | Leave a comment
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◊ ◊ ½

This was my backup choice after seeing the reviews for “After Earth.”  I’m glad I made the switch.  This was a really good bad movie.  Let’s be clear, don’t go to “Now You See Me” expecting Scorsese.  This is, at it’s best, just dumb fun.  The film starts with a mystery: who has chosen these 4 magicians, built them into a team and why?  The story moves along at a nice clip for a film like this; you have some action scenes, some snarky comments, some fun tricks, a growing mystery and police hot on the trail.  Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.  Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network,” “Zombieland”) is basically playing his Mark Zuckerberg character with cards (ie I’m so much smarter than you that I always have the perfect quip ready).  Woody Harrelson’s character was surprisingly bland, perhaps because his wisecracking was not nearly as effective as Eisenberg’s.  James Franco’s little brother Dave , who is currently most famous for his YouTube shorts, played the young wide-eyed kid.  Isla Fisher (“The Great Gatsby”) is the sexual tension.  Mark Ruffalo (“The Avengers” and so many other, better movies) is the hang-dog cop.  Mélanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”) is the sexy French woman from Interpol he is saddled with (but, wait… I bet they kiss).  Throw in Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Common and now you’ve seen it.  Or at least can take a pretty good guess at it.  There is nothing particularly shocking in this film, least of all the surprise “twist” of who is behind it all.  Having said all that, I enjoyed every minute of this very silly ride.  The tricks went from the plausible to the impossible in quick succession and the plot is beyond ridiculous but do you really care about those things in a film like this?  I laughed and was entertained.  Even if I could tell what was up their sleeves, I really didn’t care.

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