Year Released: 2013
Main Stars: Isla Fischer, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman
Last watched: January 2014
Review Date: January 2014
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: Cable Rented Movie
Magic movies are mostly about the characters who perform the tricks but this one is a lot about the tricks themselves and keeps you wondering. I’d guess you probably work out most of them as well as a lot of the ending which is pants.
Fun though it is to be misdirected – and let’s face it, this has actually quite an old-time feel to it and could have been made in a smaller way a long time ago so there is a good tradition here – the smarminess of the magicians and the ineptitude of the police is very polarised to the extent that you get a little annoyed. This isn’t the thriller I suspect the writers and director was hoping for but more the start of a series of good-natured dalliances. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a TV series made on the back of it.
With all that in mind I must say that most of the cast did a darn good job and Michael and Morgan were nicely placed. I’d have preferred if Mark had shaved as the cheap way to make someone look incompetent is to make them look slovenly. (I used another clever word! Hope I got it right.)
Fun but not too taxing and with a lot of huge questions about the practicalities of the set ups, thereby undermining the idea of intelligent people’s rebels.
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. Keep a good eye on what you’re snogging though.