Now You See Me is a fast-paced flick about a quartet of magicians who pull off spectacular tricks that involve the liberation of large sums of money from wealthy corporations for the benefit of folks who are one step away from the poverty line. Modern day Robin Hoods if you will. With magic.
What’s not to like right?
I don’t know. Because I had a good time watching Now You See Me. Right from the snappy introductions to magicians J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Wody Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) this movie zips through to a giant stage in Las Vegas where this quarter calling themselves the Four Horsemen pulls off a spectacular first trick in front of a houseful audience.
Thing is, making three million Euros disappear from a Parisian bank will draw all kinds of attention and pretty soon the merry magicians are being pursued by a dour FBI agent named Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and French Interpol Agent Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent). Far from cramping their style however, the pursuers simply make the magicians more eager to outwit the world as they perform ever more ambitious trickery.
I love escapist movies. I get caught up in them and I allow them to transport me to a place where I don’t get as nitpicky as usual about the plot holes and the leaps of logic. Now You See Me was exactly that kind of escapist movie for me.
Mlle. Laurent and Mr. Ruffalo are excellent. Morgan Freeman turns in a delicious performance as magic-debunker Thaddeus Bradley and the four magicians themselves are effective in their respective roles.
I had a few gripes with the more CGI-reliant sections of the movie, and the denouement left a little to be desired. Also that last trick was just a bunch of ‘we’re not even trying now’ hooey. But those are minor gripes about a movie that provided a pretty decent ride.
Final Analysis: Now You See Me was a very entertaining movie. I would totally watch it again, especially to see if al the trickery holds up to a repeat viewing.
My Advice: Watch it on the big screen, because this is the kind of escapist cinema that seems to have gone missing from our multiplexes. I think we could use more movies like this one.