The Four Horsemen are back in the sequel of 2013’s Now You See Me. Let’s see if they have some new tricks up their sleeves. This is my review of Now You See Me 2.
Let’s start with the good stuff. The chemistry between the Horsemen is perfect, the banter between them feels natural, which results in some funny moments. Most of the tricks performed here are amazing, and some even gave me goosebumps, but most of them are just absurd and defy logic. I also like the addition of Lula (Lizzy Caplan) who replaces Henley (Isla Fisher) from the first film. Her humor is fitting for the Horsemen.
Onto the bad stuff. In my opinion, it was predictable, from start to finish. There were really no shocking moments, unlike the first film, and it tries so hard to be as mysterious that it ends up predictable. As with the first film, a lot of things here don’t make sense. They give you the illusion that it does make sense, but once you think about it, they really don’t. Sure, most of you may argue, it’s “magic” so it doesn’t have to make sense, but in the moments where the magic is explained and it doesn’t make sense, that a totally different thing.
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco really play their characters well, and have added a new layer of humor compared to the first film. Lizzy Caplan, as I said earlier, was a great addition. Daniel Radcliffe’s character was really disappointing, he wasn’t really given much to do except being the cliché movie villain. Same goes with Morgan Freeman, although the fact that he stayed for the second film is still awesome.
Now You See Me 2 has its moments, but overall, it kind of lacks the magic that the first film had. The addition of Daniel Radcliffe didn’t do much either. It’s still fun though, most of the time, and your enjoyment of the sequel really depends on how much you enjoyed the first film.
My Rating: 7/10