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I was pretty excited to go see this movie if only for the fact that Jesse Eisenberg seemed to finally be back in a role where he got to play a witty, smart character that matches his acting style. But the movie features a fantastic cast that really do improve the film. A few notables would be Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher.
The movie has music that works well with the scenes and sounds exciting. The effects are solid and smart. But the best thing about this flick has to be just how much fun it is to watch. It almost feels like you’re at a real live magic show the entire time as you watch four of the main characters, who call themselves the Four Horsemen, perform tricks and dupe audiences over and over. The tricks and shows themselves are the most entertaining and fast paced parts of the movie, making them the parts that you’re waiting for every few minutes, hoping they’ll do another.
Not surprisingly, the film is not slow-paced and is made to be quick. The one-on-one scenes between characters are some of the most enjoyable to listen to, if you’re there for the writing and acting. Eisenberg has a scene where he is being interrogated in jail and it brings back memories of his stellar performance in The Social Network as he instantly becomes the quick talking, witty, cocky character that he’s so good at playing.
My personal favourite would have to be any scene in which Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are talking one-on-one. Watching two big name actors who have been simply brilliant many times over speak to each other in a sort of epitome-of-acting showdown is just marvelous.
The plot contains many twists and turns, like you would expect going to see a movie about magic and there came a point where I thought to myself, “I really have no idea what’s going on anymore. Anyone could be anything and everyone could be guilty or innocent.”
Certainly, Now You See Me keeps you on your toes and makes you want to learn more as it progresses. It’s never really overwhelming so that you have absolutely no idea what’s going on, but it can be difficult to keep up with at times if you haven’t been paying close attention.
Something else that’s different about this film is that there aren’t main characters that are set in stone. Well, there are, but you’re not sure if you should root for them or not. The Four Horsemen (Eisenberg, Harrelson, Franco and Fisher) are main characters who you identify with early and want to succeed, even though they are doing illegal things and are classified as ‘the bad guys’. Then, at the same time, you’ve also got Mark Ruffalo’s character, who is working for the FBI and trying to catch the Horsemen. He is ‘the good guy’ who you also want to see succeed, thus making the movie a tension filled war within your own brain over who you want to see come out on top.
Thankfully, there’s nothing horrendously faulty or lame blaring from the bright lights of this movie and it is worth going to see if you want to watch something solid and entertaining for an evening. It’s one of those things where you walk out thinking, “That was cool. Glad I saw it.”
But maybe I should’ve let this movie sink in even a little more than I did and listened more closely to Eisenberg’s last words; the closer I look into things, the farther I actually am from the truth.
Rating out of 100: 76