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Movie Review: Now You See Me

Now.You.See.Me.cb1Four random magicians(Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco) are brought together by a mysterious force or individual. A year later the four are part of a group named The Four Horsemen. After a show in Vegas where the group seems to steal millions from a French bank. This brings in the FBI and Interpol. This leads a cynical and drunk agent Dylan Rhodes(Mark Ruffalo) and French investigator(Melanie Laurent) must team up to track down the Horsemen before their real plan can unfold.

I didn’t really know what to expect with this movie, the trailers never gave you any hints. My biggest surprise is that this movie really follows Mark Ruffalo and the magicians don’t really get a lot of screen time. The tricks they pull of are massive. One problem the movie puts on itself is that it plays with the idea that the magic could be real. It only plays with this idea though and never gets really deep with it. The film also heavily uses CGI during the larger moments and it’s blatant and kind of takes you out of the movie.

The best part of the film is the performances, everyone is good here and is obviously having a good time. Eisenberg especially seems to enjoy the cocky magician role. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine show up and give very solid performances too. It’s Mark Ruffalo’s show though and he does a fine job here, I’ve always really liked him and here he gets to shine.

Don’t really be expecting anything deep or intense, this is really just a cops and robbers/magicians type movie. At times it acts like it wants to be more, but never really pushes past it. Melanie Laurent is kind of wasted here as the partner/love interest character but she still does a fine job though. I’m having a hard time not liking this movie, it’s charming and fun and a perfect summer film, problem is it could have been more, for what it is though it’s very solid.

Rating: 7.5/10

It all started with the film Iron Man, Marvel Studio’s set the map for the eventual team up film based on the comics. From there we had a second Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America films. Each were pretty good but really have all been created for this film. Well I can say very easily that this project is a success. This film has changed everything. Comic book movies will never be the same again. This is all thanks to writer and director Joss Whedon, who mixed comedy with action and has made a film that is frankly rather epic.

The plot is Loki(Villain from Thor) has connected with an alien race. They make a deal. If Loki can open a gateway to Earth through the use of an energy cube, they can dominate the universe, Loki will get to rule the Earth. SHIELD, a secret agency with the goal of defending mankind from super powered jerks, sets up a plan to team Super Heroes together to defend the planet. Nick Fury(Samuel L. Jackson) leads SHIELD and bring in several agents like Black Widow(Scarlett Johannson) and Hawkeye(Jeremy Renner) to bring in other heroes. Captain America(Chris Evans) is held up after the events of his own film. Iron Man(Robert Downey Jr.) is busy building his empire. Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk(Mark Ruffalo) is hiding out to try and avoid hurting anyone.

What is hard to explain about this film is that the balance is perfect. Every actor and character gets their own good amount of screen time. Ego’s clash, heroes fight, while the villain sits back and enjoys the show. I would suggest seeing this film twice simply to listen to the funny dialogue the characters throw at each other.

A stand out here is Mark Ruffalo, his first swing at playing Banner really gives this film balance. All the other heroes pretty much enjoy their abilities. Banner does not. He essentially hates himself and Ruffalo does a fantastic job at bringing this across. Chris Evans also impressed me, a lot of it was the script, but as a fan of the character he is Captain America in my eyes.

Not surprising the strongest part of the film is the third act. When the alien invasion starts and the Avengers must team together and fight, it’s one of the most impressive action sequences to ever go on screen. The details and time that was put into this film is staggering. You’ll be jumping in your seat, you’ll cheer, you’ll shake your head and chuckle and then say: “No way!” or “awesome!”.

The only nitpicks here are some cardboard acting by some SHIELD agents and a score that can be forgotten instantly. These are so minor though I probably shouldn’t have brought them up. The film is the best comic book film to date simply because it has everything. Loki(Tom Hiddleston) eats up his scenes and is such a strong villain here. You won’t be able to help smile when he faces off with his brother Thor or tries to take down Captain America.

Do yourself a favor and see this movie on the big screen…

Rating: 10/10