Friday, May 31, 2013

Now You See Me

I love films about magic.  (If you haven't seen both 'The Prestige' and 'The Illusionist', you should run, not walk to the video store.  Yes, yes, I know there aren't video stores anymore.  It's a figure of speech.)  And this particular film about a group of magicians who are brought together by a mysterious figure boasts an amazing cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Melanie Laurent.  Wow!  How could this film be anything but amazing?  And sure enough, it begins that way, captivating the audience as if you're at an actual magic show.  Unfortunately, it gradually gets more tedious and unbelievable all the way through until the final unremarkable reveals and unsatisfying ending.  Don't get me wrong, it's still an enjoyable film.  It just doesn't reach its potential.  And there are so many other better movies in theaters now, it's best to put this one on hold until it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Grade: B+

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