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.
It’s been a long six months since I saw Star Trek, which was my favorite movie of the year. It’s been six months, so it’s tough to compare that with what could be my absolute favorite movie of the year, Zombieland.
Thinking back on how much I enjoyed both films, Zombieland stands out more. I had more fun with Zombieland. I left the theater smiling after both flicks, sure. But was Zombieland a better movie than Star Trek? I think, in the end, it was.
For those of you who haven’t seen Zombieland yet, you’re missing out on a world of pure awesome. There’s absolutely nothing, at all, wrong with Zombieland in the slightest bit. It’s picture perfect in every aspect of the digital world. There’s gore. There’s zombies. There’s a love story. There’s a hysterical cast. There’s an epic tale of trying to survive when every odd is stacked against you.
Did I mention the zombies? Good, because there’s a ton of them. And they all want to eat our main characters (Eisenberg, Harrelson, Stone and Breslin.)
If you enjoy the “comedy horror” genre at all, I absolutely guarantee that you’ll love Zombieland. There’s no doubt about it.
And it’s not just the zombies and the story and the script that make the movie so brilliant. It’s the little things, like how the shots are put together. The great use of onscreen graphics when each of the “rules” to survive is talked about by our main character Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg). It’s everything all put together that makes this movie so fantastic.
You’re reading this thinking to yourself “you sound like a rambling idiot”, and you’re right, I do. There’s just not enough good things I can say about Zombieland, it’s just that good. Enough ramblin’, go see the movie before it’s too late. You won’t regret it. This is certainly one for the DVD shelf when it comes out on Blu-ray.
I really wanted to like Transsiberian. I like everyone in the main cast, and thought it’d be a pretty good movie. I really wanted to like it, I did. But I just couldn’t.
The movie starts out really really slowly. And I’d love to say it picks up, eventually, but it doesn’t. It gets a tad bit more exciting, but overall is super-boring throughout.
I wanted to enjoy it, but the story is so drab and unexciting, it’s impossible to enjoy.
On top of the story, the acting is horrendous, too. Woody Harrelson, and Emily Mortimer have about as much chemistry on-screen as, well, nothing. I don’t buy them together, at all. Sir Ben Kingsley, is as usual, talented and creepy. Kate Mara is drastically underused for someone who’s in the main billing. And Eduardo Noriega is just there, he hardly acts.
I’d waste a whole bunch of time telling you about Transsiberian, and what I liked about it, and all that. But it’s just not worth it. You don’t need to know what it’s about, because you shouldn’t waste your time seeing it. I’d list the DVD copy I bought on Amazon, but the effort of looking at it again is making me angry.
Stay away from this film. Don’t Netflix it. Don’t rent it. Don’t watch it on cable at 3AM. You’ll thank me.