711. Now You See Me 2

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Background info

Title: Now You See Me 2
Director: Jon M. Chu
Year: 2016
Run time: 2hrs 9m

“The Four Horsemen return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.”

Live blog

1:12 – I like “magic debunker” as a job title.
4:54 – Can you YouTube revenge videos from prison these days?
9:32 – “I’m new here but I know that people who don’t even know you think you’re an a**hole.”
13:38 – You can’t actually throw a card that far, can you?
15:02 – Yay, Dave Pancake’s face!
17:43 – I need shoes that you can kick to change colour.
20:58 – There’s an arm in my food.
23:25 – Plan C4. How many freaking plans are there?
26:42 – Are they ever going to switch Owen Case off?
35:42 – “You can’t control the Grid from within the Grid.”
37:32 – Loving Radcliffe’s character, including the Comic Sans preference.
45:55 – Ooh, I’d like a reverse rain toy.
52:33 – Cardistry is an excellent word.
1:03:51 – Completely unbelievable, but brilliantly choreographed.
1:09:28 – He basically just said “Don’t you think he looks tired.”
1:13:19 – Magic fight scenes are a lot of fun.
1:19:11 – “You had me at hell.”
1:28:51 – Lots of people watching things on tablets in this, good stuff.
1:31:36 – Channel 1??? They should know better than that.
1:33:43 – Trust the rain to make it hard to get a crowd.
1:39:29 – “I can ride. Did you ask the guys that question or just me?” YEA!
1:51:53 – I guessed the plane thing but the rest… oof, it’s hard to guess.

Conclusions

At first, I was having trouble remembering the first film, and although it didn’t quite matter to the story – they did their best to make it accessible – it got a lot better once the predecessor’s story came flooding back to me. I really liked this one, in fact I might have liked it more than the first one. I like that they didn’t shy away from the disappearance of Isla Fisher, and actually Lizzy Caplan was a more than capable replacement.

I loved Daniel Radcliffe’s turn, and I was boggled at the similarities between him and his so-called father – great casting.

I think I liked it more than the first for two reasons, firstly that it didn’t have a twist to disappoint and secondly, because of that it is totally rewatchable.

Rating: 5/5

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