Now You See Me 2: Film Review

I was a big fan of Now You See Me so I was very happy when this sequel was announced. I love Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, and Morgan Freeman individually, so having them all together in a movie is the dream. So two helpings are even better – especially with the addition of more favourites Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe.

The Four Horsemen have been laying low since they disappeared at the end of the last movie – Henley (Isla Fisher) has left and has been replaced with Lula (Caplan) and Dylan (Ruffalo) is still pretending to be an FBI agent although we now know he’s a magician himself. They get together to pull off a stunt against a corporate giant, but the plan goes awry and they awake in Macau at the hands of another tech tycoon Walter (Radcliffe), who has his own mission for them.

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The plot isn’t so easy to follow this time around. The first one had some twists and turns, which were exciting, but the sequel has so many it’s actually really hard to understand what the hell is going on. There are too many so you eventually realise you need to let it go and just enjoy the movie. I’m pretty sure if you analysed it properly, it makes no sense. The final reveal, which you would expect to explain everything, really didn’t help. I felt no clarity at the end at all. I need to watch it again knowing all the twists and turns to see if it actually holds up. It also leaves it wide open for another sequel which leaves us with no closure.

That aside, I still really enjoyed it. I love the concept of the franchise and the characters are brilliant. Caplan was perfectly cast as the new female and I loved Harrelson playing Merritt’s own creepy twin Chase. It was hilarious. Ruffalo is awesome, I wanted more Radcliffe, Eisenberg is his usual self (which I love) and Franco is as hot as ever.

I would have liked more simple magic with obvious visible skill. Yes, we had card tricks and some cool rain stuff, but most of it was about deception and misdirection to capture the bad guys. The script could have been better, and it’s definitely not as good as the original, but it is still a lot fun. I enjoyed the whole thing, I just wish I understood the plot better.

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