It’s finally my most favorite time of year: summer! I love summer for many reasons, but mainly because it’s one of the most exciting seasons for movie watching. Many of Hollywood’s biggest titles will premiere during these next few months, so it’s time to hit the theaters!
To celebrate the arrival of many (and hopefully amazing) films, I’ve decided to do a summer series where I’ll watch and blog about this season’s most anticipated films. However, since I’m a person with a budget, I won’t be able to see every huge title in theaters, but I’ll try my best to get to as many as I can!
The first film to kick off this series is Now You See Me 2, the second installment in the popular franchise Now You See Me. Now You See Me became an unexpected summer box office success when it was released in 2013, so expectations were high for the its sequel, which premiered June 10.
In Now You See Me 2, Robin Hood meets magic again as the four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan) use their magic tricks to expose an evil tech prodigy (David Radcliffe). Their mission for justice unexpectedly brings them from America to Macau, where they receive help from a mysterious magic shop owner (Tsai Chin) and her son (Jay Chou). Meanwhile, FBI agent Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) faces off with Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), whom he believes killed his father.
Under the direction of Jon Chu, the film proceeds with a visual flair that is exciting to watch – each magic stunt is brought to life with flashy lighting, fancy camerawork, and dramatic music. However, some of the magic tricks, including a particular card sequence, look computer generated, which is disappointing for a film that strives to perform and explain real magic.
And while the visuals are dazzling (albeit occasionally artificial), the plot is less impressive. The story tries to surprise audiences with its twists and turns, but most of them don’t make sense, leaving audiences scratching their heads at what just happened. Ultimately, Now You See Me 2 is a film focused more on visuals than substance, so if you’re looking for a movie with a good story (like me), then this may not be the film for you.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Title: Now You See Me 2
Director: Jon Chu
Writer: Ed Solomon
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Tsai Chin
Rating: PG 13
Run Time: 1 hr 55 min