Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Movie Review: Now You See Me (2013)

Movie: Now You See Me (2013)
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer: Ed Solomon (screenplay), Boaz Yakin (screenplay & story), & Edward Ricourt (screenplay & story)
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent, Michael Kelly, & Common.
One-Line Plot Synopsis: A team of magicians are under investigation for robbing a bank in another country during their act.

I guess I can’t really be too upset with this movie since it was what I thought it was going to be, basically the in-between of other magician movies, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and The Prestige.  Not as over-the-top comedic as Wonderstone, but certainly with a very comedy-heavy tone and not with the straight dramatic realism of something like The Prestige.  It’s basically Jesse Eisenberg in a nutshell.  What I didn’t expect, is that they could basically waste the amount of talent that they had across this loaded cast.  Five Oscar nominees to go with a trailer that shows a lot of potential and intrigue was basically relegated into some hokey scenes, bad special effects, and some pretty dumb twists in story.
I’m all for the re-pairing of Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg after watching their compatibility from Zombieland and the way that they interact and play off each other’s different styles of comedic delivery.  Unfortunately, it was the addition of Isla Fisher in between them as part three of their foursome (the other being Dave Franco) that ultimately had me cringing at some of the forced one-liners that seemed like they came out of The Big Bang Theory.  Mark Ruffalo had almost nothing to do expect say, “I really want to catch these guys!” like he was the villain of a Scooby-Doo episode complaining about those darn kids getting the best of him.  I would have been fine with Mark Ruffalo doing this just for fact that I can never get enough Ruffalo in my movies, if it wasn’t for the blank wall of his sidekick in Melanie Laurent.  He might as well have been talking to a piece of paper as she sat there emotionless.  She somehow was able to play an Interpol agent who was a ½ step ahead but yet still completely clueless about everything.  It made no sense and their romantic relationship made even less sense than that.  
For a movie that should be using special effects to wow the viewer, they came off as stale and way below par.  They tried to save face at the end of the movie with a twist that you apparently should never see coming but could basically see coming, and yet it still didn’t really make sense when it got there.  It was more of a half-baked idea to try and salvage another half-baked idea of a movie.  This movie isn’t terrible, but it’s really not much better than that in my opinion.  It’s always good to see Caine and Freeman,(even if Batman isn’t around) even if they’re not really doing much.  They can do more with little than most can (if that made any sense whatsoever).  There are definitely better choices out there to spend your time watching than Now You See Me.
Rating: 5/10
Side Notes:
  • In the opening scenes where we’re introduced to the magicians, Isla Fisher’s fist bumps at the end of her magic trick were so bad that I laughed harder there than at any other point of the movie.
  • There’s a small scene that comes up during the credits that sets up a potential sequel…if you’re interested.  Spoiler Alert: I’m not.
  • I think I like Dave Franco…thinking…thinking…thinking…yup, I like Dave Franco.