Is is just me or did you want to punch Jesse Eisenberg the entire movie? I mean, that didn’t detract from the story but still, he was a little twerp the entire time.

Now You See Me creates a big party of “characters” featuring the talents of such thespians as Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, and Melanie Laurent getting together and doing magic tricks. While this may seem like a poorly executed MGM event, the movie actually works well but suffers from not knowing how to really conclude the act.

The story follows the Four Horsemen (Eisenberg, Fisher, Harrelson, Franco) who are four magicians teaming up to pull of the impossible through three shows. Their first show grabs the attention of FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo) and Interpol agent Alma Dray (Laurent) who look to figure out how these four magicians robbed a bank in Paris during a show in Las Vegas.

One of the problems the movie has is not being able to establish who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist. The movie opens with the Four Horsemen being assembled and sets it up to be their movie. Then following the first show, it seems that the focus shifts to Dylan Rhodes and the investigation, with the Horsemen being painted as the villains. This continues to switch until the end of the movie where they attempt to twist everything on your head but instead it left me questioning the entire thing.

I understand that the writers were trying to have you think that you were following the story correctly only to change everything at the end but instead of giving us a full story and then trying that trick we are left with so much confusion and switching that it almost taints the entire plot. The “main” characters or Horsemen are very shallow characters. Not in their personalities necessarily, but in the fact that none of them really grow throughout the movie, they all stay incredibly stagnant. The only growth comes through Ruffalo’s character who ends up dismantling that entire growth process in the end.

While I have picked apart the movie’s story enough, I will say that it is fun. The action sequences are shot well and the actual show tricks are well executed and a lot of fun to watch. Harrelson is the star of the Horsemen and interjects a lot of funny lines since the others can’t seem to.

I had no real problem with this movie. It wanted to be a lot smarter than it really was and tried way too hard to accomplish that goal. But in the end, it was fun.

Now You See Me is worth a nice matinee and something to enjoy. It has a lot of plot holes and I wouldn’t say is one of the best movies I have seen this year but it is one of the more fun and is more of a ride than a smartly written movie.


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