NOW YOU SEE ME: THE REVIEW

Salty Kernel, Ben McHolme, finally gets back in the saddle and attends the screening of NOW YOU SEE ME. I love the look of this film and the mystery of magic and what a wickedly good cast. The film has copped some flack by critics the world over for being too convoluted and overworked but Ben, our youngest writer, says nay nay silly critics, this film is enjoyable. The film releases this Thursday the 8th August in Australia. Will be rated M (I am 90% certain) and runs for 116mins – let us know what you thought of it and now enjoy Benjamin’s review.

 

Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Common, Mélanie Laurent, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt, Louis Leterrier, Now You See Me, Ben McHolme
NOW YOU SEE ME: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

It’s hard to fit Now You See Me into a particular genre. It’s perhaps an extremely light and watered down version of Prestige or a much improved version of Burt Wonderstone. I would say that it fits somewhere in the middle. For me it was extremely enjoyable and I could not guess what the outcome was going to be until about 15minutes from the end. It was funny where it needed to be and mysterious without letting you get lost. I was worried that the ending would either disappoint or not answer any questions properly, my fears were thankfully without merit.

 

Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Common, Mélanie Laurent, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt, Louis Leterrier, Now You See Me, Ben McHolme
NOW YOU SEE ME: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

From the outset you are absorbed into the world of magic and magician secrets. The opening card trick manages to immediately put you in the position of “how did they do that?” All characters are introduced, the mysterious 5th horseman is teased and the basic seed of an idea is planted. By this stage we have learnt who the main magicians are going to be and what their “show” will be called (the Four Horseman) however everything else is teased throughout the movie. The Director Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2, The Incredible Hulk-Edward Norton edition) ensures the pacing is fast enough to keep you interested but not too fast that you get lost and begin not to care. I don’t want to go too much into the story as with this movie the less you know the better. The surprise and wonder is the main lure for this movie.

No particular actor stands out as they all have their strong performances; it was a surprisingly full cast, a mixed bag of up and coming and established actors. Acting heavy weights Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are amazing in whatever movie or role they star in and having them together is a real enjoyment. The scene where they finally come face to face as nemeses was very well acted and great to see after they have only ever been allies in the Dark Night Trilogy. The four Horsemen also work together well (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson). Lastly Mark Ruffalo who plays the cliché cop struggling to keep up with the magician’s wit and daring, Ruffalo plays this role excellently bringing something new to the tried and testing “cop who gets outsmarted constantly”.

 

Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Common, Mélanie Laurent, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt, Louis Leterrier, Now You See Me, Ben McHolme
NOW YOU SEE ME: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Nonetheless Jesse Eisenberg gets on my nerves. Although this just proves that either he is a great actor or that in real life he is actually an arrogant and narcissist smart-ass. He is pretty much the same character he played in The Social Network. Woody Harellson plays the laid back “Mentalist” and brings an abundance of comic relief to all his scenes. Of course Isla Fisher brings her strong acting skillset but I couldn’t help but feel like she was there mainly for the “eye-candy”, with this she did great. Dave Franco (21 Jump St) also does well surrounded by actors much more experienced then himself.

 

Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Common, Mélanie Laurent, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt, Louis Leterrier, Now You See Me, Ben McHolme
NOW YOU SEE ME: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

All things considered I could not fault this movie. The wonderment, the acting, the story were all enjoyable. You could complain it was a little bit clichéd, there was little to no character development but getting lost in the world of magic was alone worthwhile. Isn’t that also what a movie is for, to get lost in another world? It’s a movie that’s not so convoluted you get lost (or worse the script gets lost in itself). It’s simple enough to be fun but has enough twists and intelligent script writing to keep you guessing.

Now you See Me  could fit any demographic, from 18-80, male or Female there is something for everyone. This is a great strength but could also be its main weakness as there is no strong group to give it word of mouth to keep it going.

 

3 and a Half Pops