Now You See Me 2
Directed by: John Chu
Rating: 4/5 stars
By DANA TETENBURG

The Four Horsemen return with another performance spectacle in Now You See Me: The Second Act, the anticipated second instalment of surprise box office hit Now You See Me. Plot twists are what stage illusions are all about. The first film played with them, and the second film continues to play with them, but takes them up a notch in more ways than one to keep you entertained.

Spending yet another two hours working against the cheeky cleverness of the Horsemen is not what fans have in mind. And director John Chu knew that making variations of the stage spectacles from the original was not going to be enough to one up previous director Louis Leterrier. Chu not only works to try and better these spectacles, but also makes the best plot twists in relation to the story of the first film.

Yes, it’s one of those films where you have to see the first one to fully understand the second, but trust me when I say this is not a set back. The film simultaneously entertains and slowly puts your heart at rest by answering all the things once left unsaid.

Original cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson and others continue to do the best with what they are given. But without spoiling anything, I think it all works so well due to the phenomenal acting by the new additions.

It is clear that Daniel Radcliffe refuses to be the Harry Potter guy anymore, even though he’s found himself in yet another magic-based blockbuster. Taking on a character who enjoys creating a host of problems for the infamous Horsemen, Radcliffe’s character eventually becomes more and more the crazy unlikable guy, but not to the extent where we end up disliking Radcliffe himself.

The film also features Lizzy Caplan in the place of Isla Fisher, who to be honest is much more fun and acts literally how we would all act if we were in their shoes.

If the surprises and spectacles of the first film consistently kept you on your toes, there’s no denying that this film will also impress you, even if not as much as the unique experience of the original. The magic performances are bigger and better, working to both amaze and expose in ways even more impossible than before. But Now You See Me 2 also tries it’s best to go a step further. Even though it’s easy to tell that the whole thing is indeed trying very hard to out-do its predecessor, it still does a good job.

 

 

Catch Now You See Me 2, in cinemas from today.

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