Now You See Me was advertised as an epic film which had pretty un-substantial results, though at the outset it looked amazing it just didn’t deliver. Yet here we are again with all returning cast members with the exception of Isla Fisher who chose not to return due to her pregnancy. This time around they’re…well from what we can tell they’re doing exactly the same thing they did before except maybe bigger? Who knows but then I suppose magicians leave the reveal till the last second.
My concern with this film is that the first was a bunch of, extremely impressive, tricks without much substance to the story behind it, it was all flash. Can you really have a decent film when you’re only relying on surprising the audience with magic to achieve that? I think not, but I’m sure others may disagree. This being the second attempt it’s possible they could learn from their mistakes the first time around and improve especially with a different director, Jon M. Chu though he has no especially decent credentials to speak of, his filmography made up of G.I. Joe Retaliation, Justin Bieber films and most recently Jem and The Holograms which in the short time since it’s release has been seriously panned currently holding a 3.3 on IMDB. There’s definitely nothing certain about this one doing any better.
The big differences are the inclusion of Daniel Radcliffe, playing Michael Caine’s Son, and seemingly to be a running Harry Potter joke of he’s back doing magic and this time he’s rubbish, which at first is funny but I hope that his role is more than that. The choice of Lizzy Caplan to replace Isla Fisher seems interesting and appropriate, with Caplan being present in many film and TV roles but is rarely spoken of. From Janice in Mean Girls to Virginia in Masters of Sex she’s played a huge array of different characters and should be able to take Fisher’s place without much difficulty. Overall the cast is definitely not an issue, especially considering those returning from the original; Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo and of course Morgan Freeman, so the hope is for the script to have improved this time around. Then again maybe it should be defined as simply a fun, exciting film and leave it at that.
Check out the trailer here: