Spoiler Alert- I talk about the film go see it and then read if you don’t want to know what happens.
Magician Thriller….. I was a bit dubious, my boyfriend had chosen the film also (he once made me watch Jack Reacher which was an awful film but to be fair I made him watch OZ which was equally as rubbish) (I quite enjoyed OZ though)
The film started well with them introducing the magicians one by one. Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson and the token woman Isla Fisher. So far so good. (I really like Fisher’s piranha trick made me squirm, even if the the piranhas did look more cgi then in the film Piranha 3dd) They all end up meeting in a strrrrrange apartment in New York, wondering who brought them all together. Then bam we are a year later….
I have no problem with skipping forward a bit but the way the film was set up was that we were going to be focussing on the four magicians. I was really keen to see more of Woody Harrelsons Mentalist. But alas no..l we have to watch the predictable FBI man and French Interpol woman fall for each other.
Even class actors like Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are given very little screen time.
Nope it’s the magic hating FBI Guy played by Mark Ruffalo, who hates magic so much it becomes plainly obvious that he is more involved, so the big reveal feels like it insults the audiences intelligence. The French Interpol woman played by Melanie Laurent, is soooo French she feels like a caricature and is almost unnecessary to the plot.
(I wonder when a woman will be in a thriller without being at the heart of some romance which is designed to attract the female audience..)
Overall the film bills itself as clever but really it thinks it is more clever then it actually is. Some of the ‘magic’ does come across as amazing but then you remember you are in a movie theatre not at a stage show. Also, and I am not one to complain about this noramally, but they could have done with less characters and spent more time on the development of the more interesting individuals (like Woody Harrelson)
Also it would have been nice to find out more about what they got up to on their year off. I feel this film would have been better if it had been from the perspective of the magicians not the law enforcement….