I liked this movie very much when I saw it in theaters, so I bought it and have watched it many times since. With the release of the sequel, I decided to re-watch the original so that I could refresh my memory before going in.
While I do acknowledge that the story is not the most well-written, it does have a lot of strong points. The characters are likable and well-developed. Most of the script is well-thought-out, with subtle references influencing the major events of the film. The magic tricks of the film are really creative, and are, for the most part, well-explained. The film is also not predictable, as the big twist at the end is definitely not what I had expected. That being said, there are definitely a lot of weaknesses too. The subplot involving the romance between Eisenberg and Fisher is both underdeveloped and forced. There are other elements of the film that are a bit underdeveloped, such as the fact that Franco's character is not thought of as highly as the rest of the team. These issues really don't hinder my enjoyment of the film, however.
The acting of the film is also really good. All of the cast members are good fits for their role and look like they had fun in the making of this film. Jesse Eisenberg is definitely a charismatic lead, making the audience further relate to the character. Franco and Harrelson are great comedic relief, each bringing their own comedic personality to the film. Other actors are also great, including Ruffalo, Caine, and Freeman.
So overall, "Now You See Me" is a funny, rather well-done retelling of the Robin Hood tale. While there are some flaws in the writing, the great performance and the script's nuances make up for it. You should check it out if you can.
Now You See Me
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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