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Now You See Me 2:A lot more magic and humor than the first.

Updated on July 26, 2016

"A lot more magic and humor than the first"

Overall rating: 7.1/10

Script: We have the sequel to the exciting first part that had caught our eye when it released. This sequel is in my opinion, a worthy successor.

Why is the script good? The 1st act is hilarious. It's written as a introduction to remind viewers of the times they had viewing the 1st film. It's full of magic tricks which are exciting.

By the time the third act comes to play, we have a film that is already quite well established. You have the predictable composure of the film. You know what could happen next.

It's right at the cusp of the third act that the script starts to get elongated a bit too much.

What's bad? You start to wonder why the screenplay writers wanted to extend the runtime when they could have created a memorable film anyways.By the time we reach the climax, you feel you have digested enough of the illusions. You just want the film to end.

New characters/ Comparison to first part: A new introduction to this sequel is a twin brother of Woody Harrelson's character. He is the opposite of Woody's morally sound character. It's a funny addition to the film. He shines in the scene where the two twins are supposed to be unloving to each other in the climax. The newer brother shows no sympathy to his brother and throws him off the plane. But the righteous brother wins in the end in the climax.

Best New character? Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan. Radcliffe shows his true class in an albeit small role. He is the new villain in Now You See Me 2 and plays Michael Caine's spoilt and evil son. He has a cameo but he is quite confident as the negative lead role.

But the star of the show is Lizzy Caplan. She is quirky, funny and very comfortable acting as a magician. Caplan replaces the girl character from the first film. I like her more. She is funny with her dialogues and has an amazing screen presence. She is a brilliant addition.

Lizzy Caplan (left) & Dave Franco.
Lizzy Caplan (left) & Dave Franco.

Acting & Dialogue: Much of the cast is retained and it's only that Michael Caine's character has been a little trimmed down and he only appears in the third act climax. Other than him, much of the charcters are the same and as impressive.

This franchise's strength is it's incredible ensemble. I've seen very few franchises or stand-alone films have such a cast. The only others that come to mind are the Oceans series and Dil Dhadakne Do.

Dave Franco who plays Jake Wilder is a star this time around, much more than the previous film. He has a love angle with Lizzy Caplan and we can see this film is the rise of Franco's character in the Now You See Me franchise.

Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson & Morgan Freeman are the stalwarts from the previous film. No one can hold a fort better than these four guys.

Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg & Woody Harrelson in secret locker break-in disguise.
Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg & Woody Harrelson in secret locker break-in disguise.

Direction: Inspite of a strong and better script, direction is a weakness of the film. With nothing against the director, he's taken the illusions a bit too far. I like Now You See Me and know it's all about illusions but there is a limit to it.

To his credit, he didn't have that great of a cinematography team. A lot of the shots are very shaky. Specially scenes of the illusions-the camera is so fidgety.

What's good about the direction? I like the fact that the film is made with a lot of humor and humor is an important part of the film.

The love angle of Caplan-Franco could have been explored more but I guess that would just increase an already long run-time.

In my opinion and many only major issue with the direction is the over use of illusions specially- The illusions over illusions that happen in the climax that get a little farfetched by the third act.

Daniel Radcliffe as the negative lead.
Daniel Radcliffe as the negative lead.

Overall Rating: I think Now You See Me 2 is a decent sequel.

I watched this in a movie theatre and the crowd would clap and be wowed by the magic. So the film does inspire.

It is funnire than the first and also a bit longer. At times too long. You will enjoy Lizzy Caplan as she is brilliant.

Major Comment: The only issue I have is feeling cheated at the end. The magic is great but at times it's great just because it's in a movie. A lot of what we see as magic in the film is just camera angles. The film failed in that regard - a bit like Will SMith's Focus (2015) which also had the same theme and had horrible dierection.

It is a good watch and an entertainer. If the movie gets predictable by the end, realize I and many others have felt the same.

Review by
-Jay Doshi

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Personal note: Great film to watch with family, friends or on a date.


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