It’s no secret that I love magic and movies pertaining to magic. My review and explanation of The Prestige is the highest trafficed set of pages on MovieSnobs. So when Now You See Me‘s trailer showed up on the scene a few months ago, I knew I had to see it.
I’ve since read a number of reviews and forum postings about the film, and it seems that I’m un the minority of people who liked it. In fact, I’d go further than saying I liked it and say I loved it. Is it a perfect movie? No, not by any means. Is it enjoyable and a greatly told story? I think so, yes.
To truly enjoy Now You See Me, you have to suspend your disbelief. Now that goes without saying when you’re watching a movie, but this time you have to suspend everything you know about magic. Some of the tricks they show are truly movie magic versus something that I think a real magician could do. Though thinking back to childhood, David Copperfield made an elephant disappear, so I suppose anything’s possible.
I wouldn’t go so far to say that the case is “all star”, but they’re certainly well put together. Relative newcomer Dave Franco (younger brother of James Franco) pulls off a wonderful surprise in the third act with a stunning display of athleticism and acrobatics. He’s otherwise his same smart-ass self you’d have found back in watching him on “Scrubs”.
Many people will tell you that they “figured it out” throughout the course of the movie. Like most Hollywood films these days, there’s a twist at the end. If you’re clever and watch for the clues, you’ll figure it out too. It’s not quite as hidden as Nolan’s The Prestige, but it’s still a nice surprise. I didn’t figure it out as quickly as I think I should have, in thinking back.
This is definitely a movie I’ll be buying a copy of when it comes out on Blu-ray. I’d love to see the behind the scenes and directory’s commentary, as I imagine it’ll be a lot of fun to dive into the making of features that will likely be on the disc.
If you enjoy magic or even just a good story told in movie format, you should check out Now You See Me. It’s a great (nearly) two hour film that tells a great story and has lots of flash and bang. Car chases, fights, double (and triple!) crosses, and lots and lots of magic tricks.
After watching the trailer for this a few weeks back, I couldn’t wait to see it. The red band trailer is hilarious, and it’s no secret that I have a mega crush on Lizza Caplan. So I was pleased to see that I could rent this before it’s available in the theater, thanks to my awesome AppleTV!
Sadly, that’s where the happiness ends.
People are going to make the obvious comparison to Bridesmaids since this is a written-by/directed-by a woman film which has to do with bridesmaids and weddings and the high-jinx that ensures there. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t care for Bridesmaids either. It was one of those films, for me, that just didn’t live up to the hype.
Bachelorette. Do I call it flat out terrible? No. That’d be an insult to the word terrible. It’s just so not funny that it was almost painful to sit through. And that’s horrible because, like I said, the trailer is actually quite hilarious. Though I suppose once you’ve seen those funny bits from the trailer once, they’re not really funny a second time. And that was the case for me, I already knew those jokes were coming, so I couldn’t think they were funny again.
I’ll admit that there were a few unexpected “ha”s here and there. Certainly not laughing uncontrollable (like I do every single time I watch Mallrats), and nothing to write home about.
I really wanted to like this movie. I wanted to be able to have another go-to chick comedy that I can put on as background noise when I’m working, and just laugh to myself as I repeat all the lines in my head. Sadly, Bachelorette isn’t it.
I could go on, writing thousands more words about why it’s unfunny, and why I didn’t enjoy it. But I’ll spare you that time of your life. Skip this unfunny, boring, and uninventive movie. If you want to laugh, seek laughs elsewhere.