Now You See Me, with Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine. Director, Louis Leterrier. This is a movie about illusionists, magicians & thieves. The largest illusion here is content, being nothing much to sneeze at & the audience is distracted by a music score, so ongoing & repetitive, that it’s a joke.
Ruffalo & Eisenberg each have their gimmicks, as stars. But there’s only so much of snarkiness (Eisenberg) & innocent-open-face (Ruffalo) that one can take. They’re both adequate actors but, just because one speaks one’s lines in an awkward-yet-charming fashion doesn’t mean there’s talent in the cranium. Ruffalo is guilty of this. I’m sick of it.
The film score was meant to lend impending excitement to the plot. But it goes on & on & on. Films that use this device, to this degree, have the intention of inserting substance where it does not exist. While there was plot, tick tock, & there were twists & turns; the movie as a whole was itself just a mystery thriller, overly fabricated & dependent on said music score. Supplementing needs to be done with grace & carefulness. When you have sound blasting at you, as if you’re supposed to be running down the street towards a prize; you eventually burn out. Which I did, about midway through the film.
The film isn’t bad, per se, but it doesn’t live up to its hype & is aimed at twenty-something’s. In & of itself, there’s nothing wrong with that, unless it panders to them. It panders.
I really can’t see anyone, older than 25, enjoying this film. Unless they’re dimwitted. There are standards of quality in movies. Whether you like a film or not is irrelevant. If the whole project is flawed, awful or a joke; then that is what it is. It’s not a matter of opinion. Sometimes it helps those that can’t understand this, to actually see a film that is officially good. Contemporary or classic. Comparisons assist people in determining quality & content.
Don’t see this film. It’s a cheap trick. Different than the clever tricks it attempts to portray.
The appearances of Caine & Freeman are little consolation.
Ruffalo has a difficult time, even portraying a drunk.
Eisenberg & Harrelson are just obnoxious & unless you have the humor level of a tick, it’s not funny.