Blu-ray Review: ‘Now You See Me 2’ Is Half Fun, Half Muddled Mess

‘Now You See Me 2’ is absolute nonsense, but it’s fairly entertaining nonsense. The first half drags a bit and gets a bit hung up on explaining everything. Which was a bit of a disappointment. Luckily, the second half picks up the pace and leaves you pretty entertained.

The story picks up about a year after the previous one and fills you in on all the secret dealings that lead to the reveals of the 4 horsemen. If you don’t remember or didn’t see the first movie, Jessie Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, and a newly added Lizzy Caplan are underground magicians. They have names, but the movie doesn’t really care about them as characters anyway. Each character is given little character bits, but not really. 

The bottom line with the horsemen is they perform magic to expose corporations for their shitty business practices. That worked out in high style in the first movie. This time around, it appears they are being played very quickly. During a hijacking of a large corporate meeting, the horseman get hijacked themselves and travel down a tunnel to end up in a far off land. In that far away land of skyscrapers, they meet Harry Potter (okay, it’s just DANIEL Radcliffe playing some business mogul) and the plot gets muddled for a while.

However, the movie picks up when the horsemen have to play a card trick to keep away a stolen chip that could ruin the world in the wrong hands. It’s a very fun scene (ridiculous scene) that sets the fast paced tone for the rest of the proceedings. Which was a breath of fresh air after the first half of the film. 

To be honest, none of the movie is really bad, it’s just the first half gives you enough room to breath when it shouldn’t. Which, in turn, makes you think about the plots gaps in logic and how any of this would actually work. The original movie moved so quickly that the gaps in logic never crossed my mind. I just had fun with the premise. That’s exactly what happens in the second half of this film. It’s still ridiculous, but your too wrapped up in what’s going to happen next that you don’t think about whether it makes much sense.

Now, there are going to be plenty of cynical people that don’t like this movie for its plot holes. That’s totally fair. Both these movies have logical gaps that break down easily when viewed more than once. Yet, that’s kind of the point. When you break down any magic trick, the solution is always a let down. The fact that there has to be one is a let down, but a plot has to try to make sense and ‘Now You See Me 2’ is best when it doesn’t. And when it doesn’t, it’s a lot of fun.

In stores on Tuesday, September 6th.

Nathan Ligon

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