Now You See Me 2 Movie Review

I was a big fan of the first Now You See Me movie, although the twist in the end was not really at par with the good build up of the movie in totality it was still worth watching.

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When I heard that there would be a sequel I immediately tagged E and said that we should watch it when it hits the cinema. So as promised we did watch it in celebration as well of our 8th year anniversary.

I booked our tickets at SM Director’s Club and picked the back end seats. You can check my review here. The seats were great plus the bowl of popcorn and we were both set to watch Now You See Me 2.

Photo from the Official FB Page of Now You See Me 2 (https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie)

Photo from the Official FB Page of Now You See Me 2 (https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie)

The Trailers

As a sneak peek for the movie trailers were released and it really did help in building up the excitement for the movie. I think some, like me, were intrigued with Daniel Radcliffe’s inclusion in the movie and how he can pull off a brat character vs. his Harry Potter portrayal.

Here were the trailers released:

The Story

It picked up were they left off, the disappearance of the Four Horsemen with the help of The Eye. The start of the movie showed the story behind the death of Dylan’s father and set up the whole premise of the movie. It was still about avenging the death of his father and finding out who was behind The Eye.

Photo from the Official Facebook Page of Now You See Me 2 https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie

Photo from the Official Facebook Page of Now You See Me 2 https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie

The three men were still part of the Horsemen but the then female lead Henley (played by Isla Fisher) was replaced by a new character named Lulu (played by Liz Caplan). In the movie it was shared that she left because she could not stand Atlas anymore but in reality the lead star got pregnant and could not perform the stunts. (More spoilers up so skip to the verdict if you want to avoid it.)

They were still in hiding and this set up the tension between the group, Dylan, and The Eye. They were tasked though to re-appear during an event of Octa that would lead them to Harry Potter, oops what I meant to say was lead them to Walter (played by Daniel Radcliffe).

This is were things get interesting as they were “magically” transported to Macau you will have to find out how in the movie.Bulk of the movie is spent in Macau and then Europe.

Photo from the Official Facebook Fan Page of Now You See Me 2 https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie

Photo from the Official Facebook Fan Page of Now You See Me 2 https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie

Now going back to Walter, he “disappeared” by faking his death but would want to get something he created with the help of the FourHorsemen. This is where things get tricky and where you can see the illusion take place, through their attempt to retrieve something for Walter. But an underlying motive was not known to the Four Horsemen and that was that Walter, like Dylan wanted to avenge the fall of his father, Arthur Tressler from the first movie, and did so by luring Dylan using the Four Horsemen. What he did not expect is how they turned things around to favor them using illusions and magic (ah he is not Harry Potter anymore).

Photo from the Official Facebook Fan Page of Now You See Me 2 https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie

Photo from the Official Facebook Fan Page of Now You See Me 2 https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie

The ending for me was unpredictable as they met who is behind The Eye. The illusions and magic they demonstrated and how they lured Arthur and Walter to their big illusion though was expected already (especially if you watched the first film the narrative of the last illusion is somehow the same). I will not reveal however who was behind The Eye as I see it fit for you to discover on your own.

The Actors

The original cast’s performance was great although I had to say that Daniel Radcliffe surprised me. I was used to seeing him in glasses acting awkward and all. In this movie though he tried to break out from his wizarding world by playing a spoiled brat. It wasn’t easy for me to disconnect him from his old role but it did help that he played his part well. As for Liz Caplan although her performance was good I still prefer Isla Fisher as my original woman lead of the Four Horseman. Isla has a more demanding presence and she was a perfect fit for me for the role.

Photo from the Official Facebook Fan Page of Now You See Me 2 https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie

Photo from the Official Facebook Fan Page of Now You See Me 2 https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeMeMovie

The Verdict

With the fast hand movements and focus on how each trick was executed I give this movie a 4 out of 5. I know that most movie critics say that the first one was better, but for me both movies had it’s ups and downs. I didn’t overanalyze things and I ended up enjoying the movie the way it should be watched. So if you want to relax and enjoy almost 2 hrs of fast hand movements and illusions, this is a must watch for you.

46 comments

  1. ROBERT LEE says:

    Do you realized how hard it was for me to read this post??? I was skipping and scrolling back up BECAUSE I did not want to see any spoilers! LOL!

    As much as I want to ask you if you like part 2, no, don’t say anything! HAHAHA.

    • denice.diaz says:

      So sorry Robert! I do have a disclaimer naman but lots of spoiler here indeed. Haha! Really watch it na so you can let me know which one you like better!

      • EG III says:

        I have to agree with Robert. I had to skip…scroll down…scroll up..and repeat on several occasions. I had no idea they even made a sequel though so I’m pumped to check it out when I get a chance.

  2. Maria says:

    I have to say to be careful with the “spoilers” since some might have not watched it yet, just like Robert. I agree that Isla Fisher is irreplaceable for her role and her performance is really different and amazing but I guess her priority is her family. πŸ™‚

  3. Michi says:

    I haven’t watched the part 1 yet so I don’t think I will watch this movie soon. My son likes to watch Finding Dory so yun muna movie date namin. πŸ™‚

    • denice.diaz says:

      Soooo cute. I’m also thinking of watching Finding Dory but with E kasi Bunny is so small pa to watch a movie.

  4. Coi says:

    Sorry I had to skip most parts of your post because guuuurrrlllll hehehe! Anyway, I’m going to re-watch NYSM1 before seeing this one! πŸ˜€

  5. Louisa says:

    I wasn’t blown away with Now You See Me… My son loves the movie though and I know there were many people who enjoyed it tremendously. I’d like to watch the 2nd one though because Daniel Radcliffe has joined the cast. Would love to see how he injects more interest to the movie.

  6. marge says:

    I’ve a friend who practically forced me into watching the first installment by bugging me about it for like an entire week. But I’m glad that she did because the movie is really cool. I’d love to see the part 2 of course but I am not too happy that Isla is no longer included.

  7. Michelle says:

    My sil recommended the part 1 of Now You See Me! I bet the 2nd leg of this movie is really much more exciting. I should ask husband to find the copy of the 1st part of the movie. πŸ™‚

  8. Ginoel Orejo says:

    Never really been much of a fan of the series. It’s entertaining but the plot is cripplingly predictable. The casting is spectacular show. Both the female leads from the first and second movies really shined.

    • denice.diaz says:

      That will be great!At least you have a refresher on what happened again before watching the second one. πŸ™‚

  9. Juvy Ann says:

    Oh I have been hearing a bit about NYSM2 and some pretty good reviews too… but since I haven’t seen the first one yet I thought it would be better I watched 1 beforehand to understand 2 better.

    • denice.diaz says:

      Can’t remember the MTRCB rating though, but I don’t think kids will appreciate this movie just yet. Teens though would. IMHO.

  10. Carola says:

    I loved the first movie as well! Loved the twists and turns. I couldn’t wait to see part two. But I liked part two less. I think it’ s quite different in style. I agree with you: I prefer Isla Fisher as part of the Horseman as well! As for the cast: I thought Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson were great!

    • denice.diaz says:

      Mark hands down was great! Nobody, for me, can replace Isla because she has a different flair that she added to the Four Horsemen.

  11. Dane says:

    Buti nlng hindi ako fan ng english movies ir else I’d be like most of your readers trying to skip most part of your post! Hahaha! Im hoping to watch these movies dow.

  12. berlin maynigo says:

    I am a big fan of Mark Ruffalo and I would like to this film because of him. Ihihih. But I guess I need to look for a DVD of the first installment to better appreciate the flick. Thanks for this.

    • denice.diaz says:

      You’re welcome Berlin! I think you can find one in stores already, it has been awhile since they have released the film. πŸ™‚

  13. Janice says:

    I never got to watch the first installment of this movie. But I keep hearing that this sequel is a great one. It’s really making me curious. Haha! Hope I get to watch it soon.

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