Now You See Me 2 Movie Review

In most cases when they add a new character in a sequel to replace an original it tends to suck ass…this is a rare case! 

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After a hiatus Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) is tired of waiting for The Eye to finally giving them the green light to come out of hiding. Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) who plays the leader of the group returns with a new member, Lula (Lizzy Caplan). It is revealed that Henley (Isla Fisher) wanted an out and The Eye delivered. Real life Isla Fisher was pregnant and didn’t want to continue the franchise afterwards.

It’s always risky when there recast, while that’s a different actor playing the same character or a new actor trying to fill in the void of the missing character. It couldn’t go horribly wrong or it might just work. In this case it worked! Lizzy Caplan brought much more comedy that you would think Woody Harrison would bring. Although Woody brings some comedy relief, it was Lizzy Caplan that ended up carry the torch.

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Of course there’s a new bad guy and it’s non-other Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe. Daniel’s character kidnaps The Horsemen and hires them to steal a software that would allow him to hack into any device. Having no other choice The Horseman agree to steal it if it grants them freedom after. Really guys?!

Daniel Radcliffe played a good villain! I was worried that I won’t be able to see him as a different character than Harry Potter but I was relieved that that wasn’t the case.

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One thing I didn’t like about the movie was Woody Harrison’s “twin brother” who is played by Woody himself. It felt weird and just off and frankly wan’t necessary.

I have to talk about the coolest scene in the entire movie! While trying to steal the software they end up in a secure facility and use a card to disguise it and pass it to each other and making sure the guards don’t see it. The scene wan’t just great because of the effects but how each of the characters interacted with each other and they weren’t even talking. Woody, Jessie and Dave have already shown how great they are in the magic department in the previous movie. This scene was an audition within the movie with Lizzy Caplan’s character and how she worked along side the boys when they had to perform a trick. She killed and made the scene even more impressive!

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Dylan still struggles with being the leader of The Horsemen but without the actual title. The movie had a lot to do with proving yourself worthy of The Eye’s attention and it fell on Dylan and Atlas the most. Which causes they to drift apart.

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I enjoyed the sequel but didn’t surpass the first. Although they manage to not screw up a recast and it contained some pretty bitchin scenes, Now You See Me 2 just didn’t feel as captivating as the first. However, it’s a movie I enjoyed watching and would watch again. It was great seeing the old characters back, a new character that brought something new to the table, cool magic tricks, and Daniel Radcliffe as a villain. Overall the sequel didn’t hold up as the first but it didn’t fall short on a guilt pleasure movie.

Now You See Me 3 is rumored to be released in 2017/18 with a most likely return of the main cast.

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Now You See Me Movie Review

Who remembers watching that guy with the creepy mask show how magic tricks are done back in the late 90’s? Now You See Me is Magician’s Code but featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrison and Dave Franco and minus the creepy mask which is an added bonus!

Granted this movie was released in 2013 and I am just now watching, DON’T SAY IT! I shouldn’t say “spoiler warning.” But because I’m not a total dick, this review will have spoilers.

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Four people who are extremely talented magicians, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrison and Dave Franco are brought together by a mysterious person. After a year of meeting they have a successful show in Las Vegas. In their show they pull of a heist…in front of an audience without ever leaving the room. After they rob a bank, as the act of their show, they are arrested.

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Mark Ruffalo plays the detective that wants nothing more than to have the 4, who are known as The Four Horseman, behind bars. Mark Ruffalo’s character was one that we all are when watching a magic, and if you say you’ve never tried to figure out how a trick was made you are lying to yourself Janice!

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But everything every turn the group is about five steps ahead and Mark’s trying to find the logical explanation get’s angrier and desperate a times. The entire time I was trying to figure who was really pulling the Four Horseman strings. Who brought them together? When a new detective from FBI arrives and begins to work on the case with Mark and begins to drop hints of magic tricks and leaving things unsolved, I would have bet money on her. Goes to show what the movie brilliantly illustrated, “you focus on the magician and not the assistant.”

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Morgan Freeman plays a man who knows all the tricks and reveals then to Mark’s character after the group managed to pull of a grand scheme. He’s the guy that says, “oh you’re intrigued, well you’re an idiot because the box was never really cut and the chick inside it had a trapped door underneath it.” I really liked him! You didn’t know if he was playing a bad guy or just a guy that didn’t believe in magic because he knew all the do’s and don’ts.

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The magic sequences were extremely entertaining and kept you invested. Even though you know, magic trick or not, that would never happen it still left me with the “holy crap that was awesome!” What I didn’t see coming was the Mark’s character was actually responsible for bring the main characters together. Although I enjoy the unpredictability, it didn’t make sense and what the who “eye” thing was. I had a great time watching this movie! It had cool illusions, the chemistry between the cast was great, the action was none stop and it had humor. Now You See Me had been on my watch list since it came out and now I can watch part 2 without waiting a year or two for it. I still have to wait for part 3 but let’s not be a negative human!

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A Wrinkle in Time Book Review

Time, space and trying to find your father that’s mixed in between. 

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Meg, her highly intelligent little brother Charles Wallace and new friend Calvin are taken on an adventure to find and save Meg and Charles Wallace’s lost father. They were told he was working for the government, considering he is scientist, but has been missing for years. Meg and her brother are the outsiders of town for they way they talk and see things and tend to keep to themselves. When a strange woman of the name Mrs. Whatsit arrives unexpectedly things begin to happen. Calvin arrives and tells them he felt something pulling towards them. Their suddenly taken off to a different universe where they learn that not only do they have to save their father but defeat something much greater.

The characters were great, especially Charles Wallace! I enjoyed the conversations each of them had with each other. With their advance thinking it made it all the more interesting. Although these kids are super smart they were still kids, afraid and asked about a millions questions a minute and that made it realistic.

The first half was very entertaining then I found it less and less compelling. As the story continue however it began to pick up and found it intriguing again. It’s a story about friendship, light and dark and the power that Love has. It’s a definite story to tell to kids and I can see why it’s a beloved classic.

Me Before You Movie Review (Contains Spoilers)

In rare cases does an adaption effect me more than the book does.

If you haven’t read the book or have watched the movie BE WARNED THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! 

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When I read the book last year I was surprised to find myself thinking about Will’s ordeal more than emotionally connected to the characters. In other words I didn’t cry while reading it. In other cases, like 99.9% of them, that would tell you something because I cry of a drop of a hat. That’s just the way I’m built okay, stop judging me!

Lou (Emilia Clarke) has had bad luck with jobs and since she’s the bread winner of her family she needs one desperately. She is offered a job as a companion, no not a whore but a friend. Will (Sam Claflin) is paralyzed from the neck down caused by an accident and has long since given up on life. Will’s mother offers Lou the job to not just be a caregiver to Will but become his friend. Lou is a very friendly and socially awkward tries everything to cheer him up only to result in insults or silence.

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Will gives in to Lou consist attempts and begins to enjoy her company. As their friendship blooms Lou stops at nothing to make Will feel alive again. She starts booking trips and little adventures for them. Lou becomes more determined when she learns that Will has made plans to end his life after six months at assist suicide clinic.

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One of the things I was glad they changed in the movie was Lou’s sister Treena (Jenna Coleman) who was a total bitch in the book to a pleasant and supportive sister.

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A character who was minimized in his dickness but an actor I was super eager to see on screen was Lou’s boyfriend Patrick played by Neville himself Matthew Lewis. Patrick is an obsessive fitness junkie that becomes jealous of the relationship between Lou and Will. Although the pulled away a lot of what really made Patrick the asshole, I enjoyed seeing Matthew Lewis portraying him. He was your typical guy at the gym trying to get you to race on how many reps you can do then gloat about him beating you with time to spare. Come on you know the guy I’m talking about?

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Lou takes Will, along with his male nurse Nathan (Stephen Peacocke), to vacation on a island where they kiss for the first time. Will starts to tell her about his plans when she tells him she’s known for months. She then tells him that they could live a happy life when he tells her his mind has not changed. Although up to this point we’ve seen him depressed and then happy with Lou, but he gets sick often and he tells her that it’s heartbreaking when he has to wait on someone to get him out of bed every morning. Or not being able to hold her and do the things a normal person should be able to do. Will tells Lou that he doesn’t want her life to be a disappointment having to take care of him and he will go to Switzerland and go through with the plan.

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When they arrive back home, a heart broken Lou leaves him and doesn’t talk to him for days. She learns that he has left for the clinic and her father convinces her to see him one last time. Will is pleased to see her and they say goodbye to each other before he passes away. Time passes and we see Lou is in paris, a place Will loved, with a letter from him. As she’s sitting at a cafe she reads the letter that tells her that he wants her to life her life and has left her some money to follow her dreams.

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Now like I said in the beginning, I didn’t cry when I read the book but balled my eyes out while watching the movie. Don’t know rather it was because it was seeing it or that fact that I knew what was coming that broke me. Either way I was dry heaving and pretty sure I needed an oxygen tank. Me Before You makes you not only appreciate how good you have it but makes you think about what you would do if put in that position. Will’s story is one that is judged and frowned upon but we can’t say one thing about it until happens. You sympathize with Will but feel the frustration and hurt that Lou and his parents feel. When a story has the great of an impact it’s done it’s job and the movie made it more powerful and that doesn’t happen often.

It’s definitely the most powerful love story yet, and yes it tops The notebook for me! SHE WATCHES THE LOVE OF HER LIFE DIE!!!! I’m still recovering…I apologize for my outburst.

Me Before You caused me to have an ugly cry and appreciate the book more than I did before. Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) and Finnick (Sam Claflin) had great chemistry and played their roles perfectly. When it was time to have a bit of comedic relief they delivered it well. Overall I loved the film and would watch it again then eat a whole of ice cream!

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Passengers Movie Review

Late but not forgotten! Catching up on my movies with a sci-fi/romance featuring Star-Lord and Katniss!

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A starship is transporting 5,000 people, who are hibernating, to a new planet that takes 120 years to travel. A meter hits the ship causing a malfunction and wakes up an engineer Jim (Chris Pratt) 90 years early. After failing to go back into hibernation Jim deals with isolation and that beings to take a toll on him.

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For over year Jim has no human contact except for the bartender Arthur (Michael Sheen) who isn’t human but a android. For first 30 minutes of the film Chris Pratt carried this movie. I was surprised to see how much of a terrific actor he was. Granted I knew he was a kick ass actor, having to play a Marvel character an all. But this really pushed me into revealing his potential that we really haven’t had the chance to see.

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The first half was watching a man in complete isolation in space and see how it effects him. There is no way you could watch this movie without thinking to yourself if you would do the same things he did given that situation. When a movie makes you think you know it’s well done. After over a year of only talking to a robot another passenger wakes up. Aurora ( Jennifer Lawrence) a writer who was going to document one of the greatest adventure in history, has been waken too soon like Jim.

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Coming to terms with the fact that they’re alone in space, Jim and Aurora begin to feel an attraction towards each other. Plus it’s Chris Pratt! As they begin a romantic relationship they begin to notice glitches around the ship. After they investigate they find that ship is damaged.

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Jim and Aurora try to fix the problem before the entire ships crashes killing not just them but thousands on board. Sounding like your typical space/romance movie but there really is a more depth to it but can’t really say without giving it all away. I’ve read reviews that say the movie fell short and I see why they think that. The first thirty minutes were the strongest with just Chris Pratt because of his performance. Having Hollywood make a movie about an guy trapped in space isn’t blockbustery enough so they made it into a romance thriller featuring a very talented and well known actress.  Although, you don’t need two actors/actresses to create a powerful, captivating and moneymaking film, for example Castaway.

If you cut the romance out would it still be a great film? Yes.

Is the romance important to what this particular story was trying to say? Yes

Did I enjoy it? Yes and frankly that’s all that matters! I had a good time watching this movie. It had intensity, romance (Chris Pratt, people), action, space and it made you think. What I loved about it was what Chris Pratt brought to it. This guy is much more than just a funny guy! I see a future Oscar in his career!

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