Now You See Me 2: A Fun Sequel That Successfully Turns Everything Up to 11
Now You See Me 2 is an absurd film that doubles down on fun and allows its talented cast to further explore the insane world of magic that was created in the original. The NYSM movies remind me a lot of the National Treasure films because they are original properties that feature likable characters, plot twists and convenient bowls of lemons. The films never look back and I love how they are balls of energy that don’t take themselves too seriously. If you were a fan of the first NYSM I guarantee you will dig the sequel.
Now You See Me 2 revolves around the horsemen (Jessie Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, a new Lizzy Caplan) finding themselves in another international caper. They need to steal a microchip that in the wrong hands can achieve total global surveillance (or something like that). Be prepared for creative heists, lots of banter, and twists and turns that get turned and twisted. If I wrote about all the twists and turns this would be a 2,000 word review. Instead, I want you to know that NYSM2 is a breath of fresh air that doesn’t involve superheroes, supernatural villains or loads of property destruction. There are countless new (Sanaa Lathan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou) and returning (Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, David Warshofsky) faces, and to keep track of every “reveal” you’d need a flow chart the size of an advertising billboard.
All of it is bonkers and I love how the twist explanations are nonsensical and unnecessary. Basically, it is all meant to be a joyous two hours that doesn’t involve deep thought or Prestige level seriousness (great movie though). You will see the twists coming but that doesn’t matter because you are enjoying the ride. The experience is similar to going on an enjoyable roller coaster for a second time. You know the ride, but it is still fun and exhilarating.
The chemistry between the actors is what makes NYSM2 so enjoyable. You can tell they enjoy each others company and obviously relish in playing characters they helped create. Lizzy Caplan’s addition was a great decision because she fought for her character and ad-libbed some of the best lines. Director Jon M.Chu had nothing but great things to say about Lizzy and the rest of the cast:
She did not skip a beat. As soon as she came in, she was as loud, rambunctious, dirtier than they were, fearless. Woody would always be up for the challenge. Like, you are going to try and out-dirty Woody? It sparked energy. When you work like they did on two movies, the banter can get stale. But when Lizzy was there, the whole thing spiced in an instant. That energy, that fun, the way they love each other on screen is how they are, which made making the movie a pleasure.
NYSM2 is a fun ride that shouldn’t be put under a microscope. Enjoy the world building, lack of pretentiousness and Mark Ruffalo beating people up. Go see it now!