Angel’s Review of ‘Now You See Me 2’ (Non Spoiler)

Movie Description: 

“The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.”

The first film was very meaningful to me because it was the very first date that I had the privilege of going on with the love of my life three years ago. I had a great time with it because it was a magician film which I’m all about because I had a magician phase in middle school and that entertainment fascinates me. The announcement of the sequel got me ecstatic because we were able to recreate our first date at the same theater which we did! Let’s get started 🙂

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The Story:

I was completely captivated the entire time from this narrative. As a sequel I didn’t know what to expect, but was totally satisfied with it because there was a little more expansion on the mythology of ‘The Eye’ that was introduced from the first film. I enjoyed the conflict of the overall story and the reveals that were unfolding kept changing my perspective on some characters. The magic was so damn fun to watch and they really capitalized on that aspect which kept me extremely entertained.

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Characters/Performances:

This was a fantastic cast! Isla Fischer was not present in this movie, but Lizzie Caplan was a magnificent addition to fill in for her to continue the interesting dynamic between the four horseman, in fact she made it better. This ensemble was playful and captured the essence of the presentation of magic. I wanted to keep watching these characters hang out and overcome obstacles with their illusions.

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Jesse Eisenberg is Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco is Dave Franco in this film, but they are both still really enjoyable to watch with genuine chemistry. They made me want to get into magic again because it’s just such a creative way to entertain.

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The standout for me was definitely Woody Harrelson. Woody Harrelson is freaking awesome in pretty much anything, but he really shines in this film because of his different performances. You can tell you have an amazing actor when they give you two different characters that are completely different. It’s really remarkable and it’s obvious Mr. Harrelson stole the show, although not by much!

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Mark Ruffalo was sick in this film as well. Him as the leader was so cool to see because he is a seasoned magician and actually had depth to him since I got more presented about his history. I really liked his character and wanted to be taken under his wing to learn some magic! He also gave some great acting scenes which I did not expect, but definitely added more weight to the movie.

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Negatives:

I didn’t really have negatives for this film, if I had to maybe discuss a potential problem it would probably be the addition of Daniel Radcliffe. I don’t really feel he was the best part for his role. I did feel maybe they chose him because “Hey he was harry potter and this is a magician film let’s put him in here” rather than pick the absolute best person for the role. His character motivation made sense, I just had a hard time really focusing whenever he showed up on screen because I still see him as Harry Potter.

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Theme:

I loved the theme of the film. It had elements of a revenge story and the idea of how perspective is really important with personal motivations. This was a great sequel and a huge part of that was the narrative focusing on the theme that I thought they were emphasizing. Seeing is believing, but it doesn’t always show truth behind what potentially lies underneath the surface. This deals with that idea of perception and can assist with personal issues such as vengeance or miscommunication with someone. I found that aspect of this movie riveting which is what makes it a superior film to it’s predecessor.

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Overall:

This will be one of my favorite memories, having the opportunity to recreate one of my other favorite memories with the person I love most. The story kept me on the edge of my seat, the cast was literally magical, the addition of Radcliffe was serviceable, and the theme is something that I didn’t see coming. This movie doesn’t have that WOW OH MY GOODNESS factor like something as The Prestige directed by Christopher Nolan, but I just had a blast. There are several scenes that I kept saying to myself “this is way to0 fun” with the biggest grin on my face. Look out for the card heist scene you will know what I mean! My rating for this film is 9.5/10 🙂

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