This is magical. Magical. Amazing. Incredible. This movie is so good that I’m writing a review of it. Have you been to this site lately? I haven’t even paid attention to it in years, it’s just running itself and collecting internet cobwebs, but I’m writing a review of this film to reiterate how incredible it is.
I’m a grown man. I’m almost 40 — Jesus, that’s horrible to write out and made me retch — and I wept during this film. Multiple times. At one point, I was so hysterical that I forced myself to laugh out loud at something, so the people around me wouldn’t think I was dying of hyperventilation.
I’ve never, in my entire life, cried so much at any movie, let alone one that’s an action film. The Notebook? Sure, I cried some. Not as much. When E.T. flew home and left Elliott? Yep, tears. For a minute. And I was 4 or 5 years old. Avengers: Endgame had me balling my eyes out for multiple minutes at a time, multiple times in the film.
Were they happy tears or sad tears? Both. There are some amazing happy moments, but there are some sad moments, too. A lot of the down points aren’t things I was prepared for. To save you from spoilers, I won’t talk about them anymore here. But they’re there. And there’s a lot of them.
I was worried going into the movie that 3 hours would feel long, but it didn’t. I think they used every moment of the full length for a purpose. Every minute felt like it was necessary to fulfill the story and to wrap up what many of us have invested the last 10+ years of our lives — and multiple hundreds of dollars — into.
It’s hard to talk about this film without spoiling anything. It was the first time I can remember leaving a theater and not wanting to talk about it on the way out to the car because I didn’t want to possibly spoil something for anyone waiting in the lobby to go into the theater after us. I know a lot of folks have been joking about not spoiling the film, and you shouldn’t. If you’ve seen it and know others are going to see it soon, don’t ruin it for them. Let them experience the happiness and sadness that you got to enjoy.
There aren’t enough words in the English language that mean the same thing as “amazing”, but here are most of them according to a thesaurus: awesome, fascinating, incredible, marvelous, prodigious, shocking, stunning, surprising, unbelievable, wonderful.
If you’ve invested even a single iota of yourself into following the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man way back in 2008, do yourself a favor and go see Avengers: Endgame before it gets spoiled for you.
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.