You Totally Missed It: Now You See Me (2013)

My nephew was a magician. Well, that’s not entirely true. He always wanted to be a magician. In reality he was more of what you would call a thief. But exactly like a magician, he made things disappear. If he’d been better, he’d have made himself disappear. Unfortunately, more often than not, he was as obvious as dwarf stripper. Exactly unlike a magician, his trickery tended to piss people off. The only door his skills opened was his cell door.

A good magician is a purveyor of misdirection, an artist of flimflam. The very best lay out the trick, tell you exactly what they’re about to do and still manage to pull one over on you. They sell you a ticket for the roller coaster ride that cycles through “wanting to be dazzled” and “desperate to catch how the trick is done.”

What better a backdrop for a caper film? Four magicians with different specialities decide to pull off daring robberies, in front of a huge audience. The Avengers of heist. Yes, please.

Before I go on let me disclose the following: there is over-the-top, unbelievable tricks pulled off here. Considering the story being told, big is the only way to go. This is a summer popcorn movie and if you allow for that Now You See Me is a blast. At the same time, as one of the bloggerati, I understand that everything sucks and there’s nothing more satisfying than spending $10 bucks on something you know you won’t like in order to fuel the indignant rant you’ll post on your blog later. So… there’s that.

Fans of Zombieland will like the chemistry between Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) characters. Eisenberg is awesome as an overly confident street magician, someone who is on the same level with Harrelson. The two play well off of each other. While the whole ensemble are excellent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent, it is driving forces of the plot that makes Now You See Me so entertaining.

This is the kind of movie that makes you wish you’d spent your time learning how to pull off the sleight-of-hand tricks. If you’d only applied yourself, you too could have learned the basics and created a name for yourself. Hell, maybe you could be pulling off an awesome heist. You know, just like if you had trained you could be a ninja, wrecking people’s shit left and right. Whenever I got home I pulled out my deck of cards to start working on my one handed shuffle. I’m picking up the deck far more than I’m cutting, but I’ll get there. You just wait and see.

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