The More You Look…

Hi y’all. No singing T.G.I.F. today, after three days of public holidays. I know most people were praying that they wouldn’t find “the moon” anytime soon, so you could keep on with the holidays, right up to the weekend. No such luck! It’s back to work for y’all 9-5 guys and make sure you work extra-long hours today *smile*

But there’s no reason to feel blue, it’s Movie Weekend and I’ve got one that will get your creative juices flowing and put on your thinking caps. It’s the second sequel of the magicians’ tale “Now You See Me 2”.

sequel to the 2013 film Now You See Me, the film is a 2016 American caper thriller film directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Ed Solomon. it stars Jesse EisenbergMark RuffaloWoody HarrelsonDave FrancoDaniel RadcliffeLizzy CaplanJay ChouSanaa LathanMichael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

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In Part 2, one year after the four horsemen outwitted the FBI and won the public’s adulation with their magic spectacles, they’re in hiding, awaiting further instructions from the Eye, the secret society of magicians they’ve been recruited into. FBI agent Dylan Rhodes ultimately assigns them a new mission, which turns disastrous when the horsemen are given a taste of their medicine, when the show they hijacked is hijacked by a mysterious individual who forces the horsemen to steal some microchip for him.

The film was released on June 10, 2016, and as of July 3, 2016, Now You See Me 2 has grossed $58.7 million in North America and $155.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $214.3 million, against a budget of $90 million.

In the United States and Canada, Now You See Me 2 opened on June 10, 2016, alongside Warcraft and The Conjuring 2, and was projected to gross $23–26 million from 3,232 theaters in its opening weekend. The film grossed $1.8 million from its Thursday night previews, besting the $1.5 million made by its predecessor, and $8.4 million on its first day. It went on to gross $22.3 million in its opening weekend, finishing third at the box office behind The Conjuring 2 ($40.4 million) and Warcraft ($24.1 million).

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In China, the film was released on June 24, 2016 and had an opening day of $14.8 million, a record for Lionsgate and up 679% from the original’s first day. In its opening weekend the film grossed $44.4 million, also a record for Lionsgate.

To the critical review, (though I’ve got to wonder why we listen to the critics, moi excluded. Like to think of myself more as a “film lover.” Lol.) Now You See Me 2, unsurprisingly received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 33%, the site’s critical consensus reads, “Now You See Me 2 packs in even more twists and turns than its predecessor, but in the end, it has even less hiding up its sleeve. Lol! For real! Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale, the same score earned by its predecessor.

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Many critics praised Lizzy Caplan‘s addition to the cast, which was described as “one of the sequel’s biggest improvements” by Entertainment Weekly. How she over-shadows her skilled co-stars with her sassy and commanding screen presence.

Some considered NYSM2 more fun than the original and described Daniel Radcliffe‘s performance of a “bearded villain” as a spoiled and petulant baddie, who’s alternately creepy and hilarious.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club wrote that the sequel “up[s] the ludicrous quotient” from the original, “double-timing the convoluted plotting and embracing implausibility as an aesthetic… And director Jon M. Chu seemed even less interested than his predecessor in creating the impression of a recognizably real world — which is a good thing, at least for a movie about a superstar heist crew called the Horsemen that involves twins, multiple secret identities, and a global corporate surveillance plot that can only be foiled through the use of stage magic.”

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But that’s the thing about magic tricks; they aren’t real but meant to fool us into thinking they are (the more you look, less you see syndrome.) Just that the horsemen seem to delight in making their tricks look “unbelievably ludicrous.” And flashing blue lens lights used by the director fuels the appearance of the illusion the more. I didn’t get the villain, but agree that Caplan’s addition was ingenuous. In all “NYSM2 felt like another Mission Impossible with great magic tricks and no violence.” But not to take it from them, “it was mildly amusing, fast paced and entertaining enough to keep us glued to our seats for the movie duration, trying guess how the horseman worked their parlour tricks.”

However, it seems the producers could care less what we think, because as of May 2015, (before the film’s release) Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced that they had “already begun early planning” for Now You See Me 3. How’s that for a crystal ball? Good for you, Feltheimer! Who cares what the critics think, when you’ve got over $200m at the box office?

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So, enjoy your weekend guys, racking your brains trying to unravel the horsemen’s tricks, while I and all my rad teenagers have our “Movie Review” this Sunday, July 10th, at a film show hosted by David’s Army. No, I’m not telling you the movie. It’s a surprise (whispering). Admission is free and also with popcorn & Cola, but strictly for the teens. Sorry! Check the poster for more details. Don’t stop watching the movies, guys! Bye, bye!

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