Fans of the twisty magician flick Now You See Me will no doubt be delighted at this second coming, which takes every outlandish trick to the next level, while blasting through its plot at such lightning speed you won’t have a second to question what the hell just happened.
But it’s all part of the charm of this Jon M. Chu-directed blockbuster, which sees three of the four horseman (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) impatiently in hiding after the events of the last film, and their only female member (Isla Fisher) sadly gone.
Along with the return of Mark Ruffalo as the leader of the horsemen, Morgan Freeman as the now-incarcerated Thaddeus Bradley and Michael Caine as Arthur Tressler, this flashier sequel also gains some star power with Lizzy Caplan as the latest member of the magical group, and Daniel Radcliffe as tech genius Walter Mabry.
Now You See Me 2 wastes no time in throwing the audience into chaos, with the horsemen finding themselves the fools of their own game, and forced to pull off their biggest heist yet by Mabry. Every moment that follows is big on laughs and spectacle (in the best sense) with Caplan’s Lula coming out on top. Refreshing, sharp and a match for every one of her co-stars, audiences will relish every moment she’s on screen, particularly when she’s fighting the patriarchy and making it clear just how ridiculous her fellow horsemen’s assumptions can be.
And then there’s the tricks, which become more lavish and outrageous as the film progresses. Sure, this film isn’t for those who struggle to suspend their disbelief, but for the believers and those who just love a fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride, I promise you won’t be able to tear your eyes away.