Now You See Me – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43% (Critics) / 76% (Audience)
Directed By: Louis Leterrier
Written By: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. (Source)


The Good:
This is maybe the mot top knotchiest top knotch cast I have seen in one movie in a while, especially one that was relatively unheralded in the lead-up to it’s release.
I also enjoyed the way they flipped the usual caper point of view from the folks pulling the heist to the folks in pursuit. Keeping the magicians just out of the spotlight enough to make their tricks seem more confounding than they would already be was a smart move.
The big twist at the end actually caught me off guard and that doesn’t happen much to me in a movie theater.

The Bad:
There came a point where the elaborate nature of the tricks being pulled off went way past the line of being based in reality and had me looking for magic wands and Quidditch brooms.
The romantic subplot between the gruff FBI agent and the comely French Interpol agent was very blah and could have been removed completely and not negatively impacted this movie at all.

The Ugly
I wouldn’t be able to tell Isla Fisher and Amy Adams Apart under punishment of death. I swore that Amy Adams was playing the escape artist character for the entire time I was watching this movie.

Final Verdict: A pretty enjoyable and original take on the caper flick with an astounding cast and pretty smart direction. Things did get a bit overboard in the area of suspension of disbelief and the romantic subplot was tedious at best but I still liked NOW YOU SEE ME.

Grade: B-

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