Now You See Me 2 Review

17 Jun


Some movies are so awful that they don’t deserve anything but derision. Now You See Me 2–the worst of the movie’s possible titles–is one of those movies. I hate this movie not only because it’s a steaming pile of crap, but also because it has the ability to make me so angry. It isn’t even worth more than a millisecond of thought because a lobotomy would be needed if you allowed it to gestate too long up there, but alas, I’ve allowed it to ravage me. It’s a blight on 2016 cinema, an embarrassment to all the good–or at least not hopelessly incompetent–filmmakers whose movies have to share theater space with this turd.

“You just aren’t able to suspend your disbelief!” some people might tell me. “You just can’t appreciate a fun movie!” I can do both of those things. The problem with these movies is that it’s not just suspending your disbelief; it’s accepting shitty filmmaking and being expected to go “OOOH! AAAAH!” like you’re a pre-teen just discovering that girls are pretty. This is essentially two hours of self-congratulatory editing and CGI filled with excruciatingly dumb scenes like Woody Harrelson HYPNOTIZING SOMEONE. Good for you if you can enjoy this and find the centerpiece of the movie–a heist scene in which the Four Horsemen smugly throw around a playing card–cool, but you and I are on very different wavelengths here.

Let’s now talk about the cast and crew, all of whom should be ashamed of themselves. I respect and like most of the cast in general, but within the context of this movie, I abhor all of them and their life decisions. In fact, the most respectable one here is Isla Fisher, who couldn’t reprise her character due to a pregnancy and should be thanking that baby with all her heart (good job to Melanie Laurent as well). Her replacement, Lizzy Caplan, is a phenomenal actress and seems like a really awesome person; however, that does not apply to her performance in this movie whatsoever, and when something makes me dislike Lizzy Caplan of all people, you know they did something wrong. Who else? Eisenberg? Jesse Eisenberg from this and Jesse Eisenberg from BvS should go pummel each other’s faces and leave us all alone. Harrelson? I wanted to rip the wig off of that twin brother character and shove it down his throat. Radcliffe? I like that he seems down for anything these days, but based on this, maybe he shouldn’t be. Ruffalo? I’m just going to re-watch Zodiac instead. Franco? I remember seeing him at a red carpet one time, and that was the most pointless celebrity viewing ever. Caine and Freeman? Too old for this shit.

I understand why the movie has the cast it does, though. They just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Jon M. Chu, venerable director of Justin Bieber: Never Say NeverJem and the Holograms, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. As awful as the first movie was, at least it had some style, style that could subsequently be ground into paste for this movie by the wise hands of Mr. Chu. We also have screenwriter Ed Solomon to thank, someone who presumably wanted to cash in a quick check before completing that upcoming Soderbergh collaboration for HBO…you know, something that actually sounds like it’d be good. The screenplay for this movie is just a bunch of wasted paper that has no value whatsoever and contributes to the destruction of our planet without adding anything to humanity. The “banter” is painful, the character development is nonexistent, and the story is usually either incoherent or just plain stupid. I honestly cannot find any redeeming aspect to this movie whatsoever. It is simply a failure of filmmaking and storytelling on every level.


Photo credit: Now You See Me 2, K/O Paper Products

12 Responses to “Now You See Me 2 Review”

  1. Jay June 17, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    I was too bored by it to be this angry, but I get where you’re coming from.

  2. Hepburn3 June 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

    Egads PB. I could feel your disdain and bile all the way in Toronto. 🙂

    There is no way that I will be seeing this film, I absolutely refused to go see the first one for a plethora of reasons but the biggest one for me is that it looked massively stupid and not the good kind of stupid.

    Go watch some good mind bleach PB, re watch last weeks POI or the season finale of Orphan Black!

    Thanks for this review you made me laugh! 🙂

    • polarbears16 June 17, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

      “massively stupid and not the good kind of stupid.” Sums up these movies perfectly. Kudos to you for sparing yourself from four hours of this, it was a good choice.

      No problem! I like writing reviews like this once in a while. Excited for/also kind of sad I’ll be writing the last POI one next week! Also, Orphan Black finale was great. I enjoyed it a lot.

  3. Hepburn3 June 17, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    P.S. When I hate something as much as you hate this film I hate it with the heat of 10, 000 suns. 😉

  4. Gavon October 3, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

    When grown men amd women write reviews as petty as this, it doesn’t change anything. Just because you’re bitter with your life doesn’t mean you should belittle other’s work. Don’t like the movie? Good for you. A disapproving review and bad-mouthing aren’t the same.

    • polarbears16 October 4, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      Not going to lie, it’s fun writing these kinds of negative reviews. And before you reply with a pretentious statement about what that says about my life…I don’t get paid to write for a site or a paper; this is my personal blog, so I can review in whatever manner I see fit. If you have a problem with it, good for you. Your ad hominems don’t change anything.

  5. NickiBee February 18, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

    I absolutely disagree. I love the movie and the cast was perfect. Everyone has a right to their own opinion though.

  6. Ricky April 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

    I didn’t know it was possible to get this angry over a light hearted film. Get out more

  7. Anonymous October 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    LOL pull that fucking stick out of your ass. Or explain atleast WHY it was bad with valid explanation instead of “it sucked because it sucked.” LOL

  8. Robin Mcgregor December 10, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

    You get out of the wrong side of bed today? 🙄

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