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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Movie Review – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Be their hero, Clark. Be their angel, be their monument, be anything they need you to be… or be none of it. You don’t owe this world a thing. You never did.

One of the most highly anticipated films of 2016 finally hits the screen with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. A battle fans have been itching to see on the big screen. With visual director Zack Snyder, once again taking the helm of this production, was he able to quench the thirst of fans and casual movie goers alike, in this blockbuster movie?

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Batman V Superman follows right after the events of Man of Steel. Metropolis was the battleground in a fight between General Zod and Superman and unfortunately for the city, there were hundreds of casualties. Meanwhile billionaire Bruce Wayne got the front row seat to seeing one his buildings crumble while employees are still inside it. In return, made him furious and relentless in his pursuit to bring Superman into justice.


The Good

The prologue of this movie started off strong, we are taken back to the climax of Man of Steel, but this time we see things from Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) point of view. Though there’s still some questionable scenes, the whole sequence was exhilarating. It also gives us the reason as to why Bruce Wayne despises the Kryptonians. From here onward we are on Batman’s side.

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Ben Affleck’s fresh take on Batman is easily the best thing going on in this movie. We are given a quick backstory of his past but more importantly we are given his motivations for his actions. Acting wise, Ben Affleck is great. His take on Batman is vicious, brutal and incredibly intimidating. His character stood out through the whole movie. Though not as much screen time as Batman, Jeremy Irons also nailed his role as Alfred. It was fun to see him on screen and his witty remarks about Bruce Wayne are great. And no matter what movie, animated movie or TV show, to seeĀ Batman verbally shutdown by Alfred is always a treat.

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Another awesome part of the movie are the fight scenes. The battle between Batman and Superman, no matter how shallow it was, was fun to watch and it keeps the audience guessing on who’s going to win. Speaking of which, Batman’s fight scenes were better choreographed this time around. For those familiar with the Arkham games by Rocksteady, can easily see the resemblance and it makes for great action sequences. The final battle at the end was explosive and depending on how you like it, it goes on full comic book territory. It was a visual experience like no other.


The Bad

As mentioned above, the movie’s prologue started off strong. Unfortunately the momentum wasn’t carried on to the first and second act. In return, delivers some of the most boring scenes in the movie. The movie itself was badly edited, where a scene would jump to the next without having real connection. Granted it doesn’t have to have connection but most of the time it does feel random and completely takes out any story progression. There were a lot of scenes which felt unnecessary and misplaced. This overall, resulted in a movie being too long in which it lacked real substance.

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Another complaint is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. I’m not all too familiar with the character myself but his take on the character was too much. Most of the time he’s overacting. Delivering lines with a cadence which if done in the real world, will deem you unstable. His lines were unbearable and he truly lacked the mixture of menace and sophistication that Lex Luthor should’ve had. He really is one of the worst things going on in this movie and unfortunately a lot of the story revolves around him.

The story itself wasn’t good nor bad, however it was uninteresting. Majority of the dull parts were in the first and second act of the movie. With addition to the badly edited sequences and unnecessary scenes makes it difficult to care about the story as a whole.


Rating

Overall Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice did not live up to the hype. The face off between the two iconic heroes, no matter how cool it was, felt shallow. There’s no real motivation behind it except for Batman’s side and truthfully, whatever issues they were fighting for could have been resolved with a simple conversation.

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Henry Cavill himself was dreadful and one-dimensional though Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was a treat. Most of the time she’s just there to be pretty and be an eye candy. However, her fight scene as Wonder Woman was exciting to watch, not to mention she’s got a pretty kickass theme song. The addition of Doomsday was exactly as how it was shown on the trailer and after seeing it there, there’s nothing left to be excited about. In the end, Batman V Superman may not be a strong movie on its own but it does lay the foundations for DC’s Cinematic Universe, which is still something to look forward to.

Good Bad 2.7/5
  • Ben Affleck’s Batman
  • Cinematic Action Sequences
  • Opening Sequence
  • Long Running Time
  • Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor
  • Badly Edited / Unnecessary Scenes