Well hey Internet, and here we go again! I could blither and blather and blonder on at this point about stuff and things and how my badgers are sharper then your badgers but what say that upon this day, in this place, and with this face we simply move on to that blessed bolded font?

Micah Reviews: Now You See Me

Now You See Me was one of my more sleepery of Summer movies. It wasn’t as big or as well advertised as Superman or Star Trek but after watching the trailer (and looking at the cast list) I was in. I love a good heist movie (Oceans 11 and 13 are favorites. Oceans 12 is there weird, unattractive cousin who only speak Polish) and I love a good magic movie (The Prestige) so this was (I thought anyway) a great great idea! But is this movie for real or is it all just (brace yourself) smoke and mirrors?

Was THIS your card? No for real though, I'm pretty sure this is your card. You dropped it back there?

Was THIS your card? No for real though, I’m pretty sure this is your card. You dropped it back there.

The Plot:

Now You See Me opens with four magicians pedaling their wares… Which now that I think about it is probably not the right word at all. These magicians (wearing there wares warily) each has their own gig and their own “specialty” as it were and each receives a calling card of sorts inviting them to a seemingly abandoned apartment in the greasy, partially uncovered backside of New York City.

Jump forward a year and the same four magicians are now working together, performing huge tricks in front of large audiences, and none of those tricks are bigger then they’re grand finally in which (they claim) they rob an actual bank. Not only do they make good on their promise but they also just give the money away, showering their audience members in cold hard cash… which when you think about doesn’t make any sense. Cold hard? Unless we’re talking coins cash is not that at all…. hmm… So they shower their audience in room temperature, soft cash (yeah that didn’t work at all.)

It's a little known fact that Morgan Freeman can actually summon fireballs. The universe allows it just cause of his awesomeness.

It’s a little known fact that Morgan Freeman can actually summon fireballs. The universe allows it just cause of his awesomeness.

Enter inspector Harvey Whatsit (Editor’s note: I just want to make sure you all know that under no circumstances is that the actual name of this guy. Micah watched this movie the same night he submitted this blog and he put the name “Harvey Whatsit” in place of one of the main characters. I’ve known lettuce heads with better memories.) Harvey is a hardboiled cop dipped in ranch dressing and… wo. Sorry, now I want an egg. Hang on.

*Various egg making/chicken thefting sounds*

Okay. I’m back. Where were we? Oh yeah, so Harvey Whatsit has no time for magic, mysteries, or mangoes but he finds himself sucked into a world he doesn’t understand, being forced to ask questions he never thought he’d have to.

Are these four magicians for real? Will Harvey Whatsit manage to catch them in the act? And whose pulling the real strings behind the scenes of all of this skullduggery? Only time (and the actual movie) will tell.

I'm totally installing some dry ice in my living room.

I’m totally installing some dry ice in my living room.

The Positrons:

A really, really great cast of actors comes together and delivers stellar performances all around. Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson are great as magicians, Mark Ruffalo turns in a brilliant performance as Harvey, and Michael Caine and Morgan  Freeman are there usual awesome selves. It’s just a very well acted movie where each character and line are handled with conviction and belief that keep you thoroughly and wholly involved with the movie.

Great pacing and movement keep you right in the action throughout the film. The dialogue itself never really hits any huge plateau but what it lacks in style it  makes up for in raw force as trick after trick and moment after moment pull you forward with the movie.

The tricks and heists are well thought out and very entertaining. It’s a movie that plays its proverbial cards close to its chest but that’s what you want with this sort of film anyway. As the tricks and turns of the movie are revealed it’s more then satisfactory enough for you to forgive the movie for keeping you in the dark.

The Negatrons:

Not really much to say in this one for Now You See Me. I felt like the ending act was probably the weakest but that’s less a negative on it and more of a positive for the first two thirds of the movie. It’s like eating a delicious ice cream cone and finishing most of it but finding that last little bite to be mostly cone and not all that much ice cream. It’s not that it’s a bad bit of delicious, it’s just that after so much awesome it leaves you wishing it could have ended as well as it began.

In Conclusion:

I thought Now You See Me was a great ride. The characters were fun, the acting was solid, and the story had some brilliant action and drive to it. The ending was a bit of a stutter and occasionally I caught the “big reveals”  before they were revealed but none of that takes away from the fact that Now You See Me is a great movie! You should see Now You See Me, before it (dun dun DUN) disappears.

I give it 4 Harvey Whatsit’s out of 5.

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