Movie Review: Now You See Me 2

Your Move

Now You See Me 2 is the sequel to the 2013 film with the same title. This time with bigger illusions, out of this world magicĀ tricks and ridiculous heists. With majority of the cast returning, is Now You See Me 2 able to capture the same excitement and intrigue as the first one did?

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Under the watchful gaze of a secret organization called The Eye, The Four Horsemen are reunited for another heist disguised as an illusion. But when things go south and the act sabotaged, it’s up to The Horsemen to figure out who’s playing the tricks on them.


The Good

With this being a sequel it’s expected for this to have bigger spectacles and crazier magic tricks and we get that here. The tricks were impressive and as ridiculous as they were, they’re incredible to watch. A certain scene involved a card being passed around in a room and it’s easily the best scene in the movie. Woody Harrelson has a bigger role this time around and he’s great in some scenes. His subplot is not very interesting and can be considered cliched but his over the top performance is a breath of fresh air.

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The Bad

Sad to say this movie suffers from what many call sequelitis. The tricks and spectacles are bigger however story-wise it’s filled with plot holes and inconsistencies. The plot is extremely convoluted and there’s a lot of sub plots to keep track off.

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The movie takes itself way seriously than it should as the magicians themselves are seemingly able to fight armed men with tricks and illusions. And as ridiculous as it looks it takes away the fun that a magic/heist movie should have. Another issue with the movie is it relied too much on a certain “move” to forward the plot. The “move” itself is so unbelievable to the point where it could have been a superpower.


Rating

Even with the addition of Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and the extremely talented Jay Chou the movie is mediocre at best. Jessie Eisenberg himself seems very uninterested in his role though Morgan Freeman works with what material he’s got. Daniel Radcliffe did bring a little bit of an excitement but all of it fades away as he becomes your typical one dimensional British villain.

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Overall Now You See Me 2, could have been a smarter movie, especially with it’s underlying message about surveillance and privacy. Unfortunately it’s another case of style over substance as it’s convoluted plot drags the movie down tremendously resulting into nothing but a magical mess.

Good Bad 2.3/5
  • Impressive Magic Tricks
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Convoluted Plot
  • Plot Holes & Inconsistencies
  • Too Serious / Unfunny
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Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Someday, Locke Lamora… someday you’re going to f*** up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will s*** comets with glee. And I just hope I’m around to see it

I’ve heard a lot of praise heading into this book, there has been countless positive reviews and likewise on the top of many best of list. I was excited to read it and I kept expectations to a minimum. I didn’t know what to expect, but what I’ve read is a masterpiece.

Locke Lamora is an orphaned child in the City of Camorr. Without any guidance to follow he was left without a choice but to join the Thiefmaker’s guild on Shades Hill. However, having shown tremendous talent on thievery at an incredibly young age. The Thiefmaker himself could not handle Locke as he is sent to train under tutelage of The Eyeless Priest otherwise known as Father Chains. Along with other trainees, Locke and his peers grow up to be known as The Gentlemen Bastards.

There’s not much plot here as the story forms as we read through the book. We follow the story of Locke Lamora and his rise to being the smartest and most elusive thief in all of Camorr. His writing is magnetic, and we root for him. He’s written as an underdog, as a person of short stature compared to his peers, also not a very skilled fighter. But what he does have is his impressive wit and ability to plan clever schemes that most of the time work. That’s where his charisma comes in and it makes for a great protagonist.

There are also other characters here with strong personalities. Capa Barsavi is written as Camorr’s underground king and he is terrifying. Though not quite the villain of the book, however his intimidating presence makes his role very exciting. There’s also the Grey King who’s very mysterious and yet has an equally strong presence in the book. A lot of the characters are written incredibly well and they’re all very interesting.

The story is enthralling from start to finish, the first act being mainly a heist story which is cleverly written to the second and third act which becomes a revenge story that draws you in. The story pacing is perfect, as character backstory alternates with present day story and it flows well as the backstory provides insights to the upcoming chapters.

The only complaint and it’s incredibly minor, some of the dialogues are written with a certain accent and sometimes it makes it hard to comprehend what the characters are talking about. Though you will get used it, it may be problem for some and would cause them to lose interest in the story or the book itself.

Overall The Lies of Locke Lamora, is an epic fantasy worthy of it’s achievements. Scott Lynch has created a world filled with suspense, excitement and intrigue not to mention clever humor and extremely likable characters. The protagonists are charismatic and the antagonists are villainous but both sides have an interesting story to tell and it’s a story worth reading. Easily one of the best books I’ve read.

Rating: 5/5