So it’s becoming a standard, winning Hollywood formula. The familiarity factor that allows us to connect with sequels is something directors really ponder upon before they take up their next project. Because brand recall is a big deal and it serves as the biggest reason to watch the film. And when you have had the privilege of watching an all star cast in a movie, chances are, despite the film bombing at the box office, you wouldn’t mind seeing the full cast yet again.
Same can be said for the cast of ‘Now you see me’. They were fresh, energetic, mysterious and called themselves the ‘Four Horsemen’. This film’s events are set a year after their last big gig. The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance hoping to expose the illegal and treacherous practices of a tech magnate. But a tech prodigy threatens them into pulling off their most impossible heist yet and their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.
Sure it sounds great on paper and with added star power through the likes of added cast members like Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan, you would have expected the film to have escalated to great heights in the beginning itself, keeping us glued to our seats, waiting for bated breath to see what will unfold next, but in all honesty, when you think of creating a sequel to a movie grazed with magic tricks, magicians and suspense, you are to oomph the excitement tenfold. Sadly enough, the makers of the movie also felt that they can carry off this article just by having some pretty faces to share the screen space. But that’s not how it works. There should have been strong substance to the story telling layout. It seems like a bloated mess and runs at an estimate of almost 30 minutes too long. There is very less of those exciting heist sequences that we saw in the first part as the focus is more on dialogues and more dialogues. Besides which even the cast members seem to have lost their charm and genuine interest into the plot and frankly who can blame them. One smart move was the two new additions which is without a doubt the best thing about the film. Both Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe bring with them a genuine energy that is visibly missing from most, if not all the returning actors.
Now You See Me 2 is, in many ways, is exactly the sort of sequel everyone dreads- nothing new to offer, lazy showcasing and empty excitement. Nothing was quite as entertaining as the first film and it would definitely take a magic trick to pull and win this one off. Maybe it’s time to admit that the bunny can only be pulled out from the hat just this many times.