Now You See Me has gotten a lot of negative response which I understand… barely. I liked the film a whole lot – but I think an asset to that was me being very, very open to it. In real life if someone does a magic trick you see it but in a film it’s remarkably easy to fake it with effects. I believed in what was happening on the screen – my movie date (um, the person I was with) didn’t, and she had a much harder time enjoying it.
I read a review that accused the film of typecasting and that… I don’t know. Even if it was that, it didn’t bother me because the actors were all fit for their roles. There was Jesse Eisenberg who is excellent in being a fast-speaking clever jerk and Bruce Banner – wait, no, Mark Ruffalo, whose character was not very Hulk-y but who makes a good cop, and Morgan Freeman who I still see as God but whose character was interesting and unexpected – for me, that is. The others I haven’t seen too much of so I really can’t tell. Though I have to mention Mélanie Laurent – who played the blonde chick from Interpol – who stole quite a few scenes and whose accent was adorable.
The film served as a thriller for about two thirds of the film and could’ve definitely done better. Frankly, I still don’t understand why they spoiled so much in about the middle because it took away the suspense that they’d been building so nicely until then. It would’ve ruined the entire flick, though, if they hadn’t had a few more things up their sleeve there. The second thing I didn’t like at all was the second ending – and I say that because they had and ending, it was pretty damn cool and then they just had to add the sappy final scene. In fact, as I figured out only on the next day, it carried some profound meaning as well but the premise of the scene made me groan so loud that I missed it in the cinema.
Apart from these two, I loved the film. I loved how it went up and down and how they called themselves The Four Horsemen, I loved their characters and I really appreciated anything out of Woody Harrelson’s mouth. There were small bits I loved and big bits I loved and I don’t think you really need much more.