I was honestly not expecting anything impressive from this sequel, which is a bit strange considering that the central topic is magic (or rather, illusions). I wasn’t sure Lizzy Caplan would hold her own as Isla Fisher’s successor either, or that there would be anything interesting about the plot at all. But while Now You See Me 2 isn’t the cleanest movie, it did satisfy and exceeded a decent amount of my expectations. Watch Now You See Me 2 Movie Online
Its strongest trait is that it not only does well what the first movie did poorly, but it also set right a few wrongs from its predecessor, both within the plot and outside it. In the first film, most of the characters felt like caricatures (with the exception of Mélanie Laurent); this was perhaps the point of the opening act but in my opinion it became a little too contrived. In NYSM 2, the characters have come to life as organic, believable individuals, although they still effortlessly retain their eccentric charisma. And I needn’t have worried about Lizzy Caplan playing the newest member of the Horsemen; the character of Lula is delightful, hilarious, and more than a little off-centre in a way that strangely feels more right to the group dynamic than Isla Fisher’s straight-edge performance. This time around, the story becomes much more personal and I believe it does what any sequel should do: raises not just its own expectations but also strengthens its preceding film and the franchise as a whole.
But of course, NYSM 2 is not without its weaknesses. Much like the first film, the pacing is a little unwieldy at times, and once again the movie doesn’t give nearly as much detail about the Eye as its frequent name-dropping may warrant. The character of Agent Natalie Austin has very little presence despite what the script clearly intended for her role to be, and she absolutely pales in comparison to the first film’s Interpol agent, Alma Dray. And the final plot reveal at the end (between Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo), while not as excessively complicated and nonsensical as the first film’s, still prompts a little head-scratching and doesn’t quite connect all the dots between the two movies in a way that appears consistent. (Now You See Me 2 Watch Movie Stream)
Overall, NYSM 2 has learned from some of its predecessor’s mistakes, but it still has the same overarching problem of pairing its strong ideas with its considerably weaker execution. Still, it is an enjoyable flick if you are able to suspend your disbelief, not take it too seriously, and decide to enjoy the show. Final rating: 7.1/10.