Now You See Me: Movie Review

Now you don’t (I had too).

Director: Louis Leterrier
Runtime: 115mins
Screenplay: Edward RicourtBoaz Yakin

now_you_see_me_xlgThis movie I awesome, I honestly wanted to see it for two reasons, it was the first true movie since the Avengers movie for Mark Ruffalo and I really like the pace of the director (note that this director, helmed “The Incredible Hulk” and is now working with the current hulk for this one)

This movie deals with a lot of magic yes, but oddly enough it’s not entirely on the forefront of the movie. It’s very much based on the story and the cat and mouse game all while making the viewer guess just what the hell is going to happen next. My best friend and Essenex co-founder saw this movie and did a review as well so peep that. [be nice to link him here

He tweeted and said it was the best movie of the month (May) and I didn’t believe him, but after seeing it I was easily swayed to agreement.

The movie relies heavily on the viewers’ suspension of disbelief to be really effective in executing its magic. But it also has the “viewer’s” angle in the movie in the form of Morgan Freeman. He’s the truest skeptic in the movie. Mark Ruffalo is the guy who is assigned to bring the magicians to face justice, and he honestly gets really into his character I felt. Then you have Jesse Eisenburg, who is much like the guy in Facebook. I wouldn’t say it is a typecast but I wouldn’t say he isn’t either. Going back to my acting class, the best actors play themselves my teacher told me so if it works for him, by all means continue. Oddly enough, it’s very fitting for his role.

The director, Louis Leterrier has a characteristically noticeable  way to change between acts and it’s no different here. Each major magic show is the cue for each act. and it helps to pace the movie. if you remember the incredible Hulk (with Ed Norton) each fight scene was the closing of the act and helped to pace it. It’s great when a movie has a good flow between dialogue and action.

And here is where I complain… It is a movie of course that the magic works. Being a film student, I had a bit of a hard time believing what was on the big screen. But the story was so strong I let the story kind of take over. Towards the end of the second act and even the explanation ending I was a bit confused so that alone had me really liking the movie… I couldn’t guess what was about to happen. Everyone always complains that there’s no originality in Hollywood anymore. Which may be true because a lot of how this movie started felt like Ocean’s Eleven.

Bottom line you’re probably going to have to watch this movie twice to fully understand where the twists came from.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie:  9 out of 10
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10 (camera stunt work is decent),
  • Editing: 9 out of 10
  • Special effects: 7 out of 10
  • Audio: 8 out of 10
  • Acting: 10 out of 10
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Much better to watch at home so you can really understand it. Worthy of a rental, in my eyes. But it would look nice on a shelf if you have friends over.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Avx #3

The third book in this series is a bit quieter.

The fighting is over for the most part and where Hope left Wolverine & Spider-Man, is where this book picks up. Logan awakes after being cooked alive, and Spider-Man fills him in on what he’s missed out on. Logan being who he is, realizes this doesn’t smell right, so when he finds out Cyclops has surrendered, he races over to tell the Avengers it’s a trap, no one believes him and thanks to that, Cyclops disappears with the aid of Colossus’ sister Illanya. When they reach the new location, a plan of finding Hope is put in place. Next is a scene of Hope who builds a location disrupter that throws all tracking systems off the right path. Back at Avengers tower, Logan and Cap.A speak to Rachel Summers, who joined with Logan and his school, who then gives false information to Logan, but seems to have already helped Scott Summers (yes they’re related.. In some multiverse way) with the locations in hand, Cap.A sets up teams to see which lead is legit. Wolverine is with Cap.A, Sharon Carter, and Giant Man who are off to the Savage Land (I recommend you click the link, so as to understand what happens next a little bit). Cap.A pulls Logan aside and tells him what he wants, and his actions on utopia aren’t acceptable, Logan proves stubborn, Cap.A gets irritated, and kicks him from the Quinjet into the arctic snow! … To be continued.

I just wanna say, Ed Brubaker has been working on Captain America for at least 2 years. So that little scuffle with Captain A. is bias… And unfair so America didn’t beat Canada FYI! But other than that, it’s a solid written issue. Not the best out of the series, but it definitely moves the story along. Which is what all story based things need. There is also a scene with Iron Man and Cap.A I didn’t mention above but its my favourite part of this book EASILY!!. I don’t know Brubaker much. I don’t but after reading this I may look at some of his Cap.A run.

Continuity is key to me in a comic book. I’m sure its what made Watchmen so successful. There’s one scene, the start, that has you confused since we left Logan with clothes on, then in this issue you he’s “butt naked” (I’m assuming). But past that it is pretty consistent with having all the battle damage that each hero was shown having. His art this time around is still as superb as it’s ever been. The scene with Magneto moving the metal containers out of the way is one of my favourite scenes. Though that may be a photoshop thing versus his actual talent. Either way.. Its fantastic.

As I said with the Cap.A beating Logan. It’s the only problem I have with this issue. That aside, this is shaping up to be a grand story either way. Wait till next issue where it goes into overdrive.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.7 out of 5
  • Art:  4 out of 5
  • layout*: 3 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 3.7 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #2

With cyclops throwing the  proverbial first punch… It’s official.. Avengers vs X-men has begun.


The last issue ends with S.H.I.E.L.D’s helicarrier flying just above Utopia where the fight really gets started in minutes, Hulk(Red) vs Colossus, Iron Man vs Emma Frost, Iron Man vs Magneto, Cyclops vs Captain America, Namor vs The Thing & Luke Cage, Dr Strange vs Magik. It all felt like the battle issue that was supposed to happen, given the title of the book. As all the fighting is taking place, Emma escorts Hope away, and realizing, she is the sole reason this is happening, she tells Emma that she needs to be out there. Emma instructs Hopes friends to not allow her to leave. No matter what. Hope, being trained by Cable, soon finds a way out. But not before Wolverine, who managed to slip away, tried to kill her. Some how Hope manages to tap into the Phoenix energy that is within her, and burns Wolverine inside and out. Hope has escaped. In space, Thor, Valkyrie, Beast, Ms Marvel, The Protector, War Machine, the Vision & Captain Britain look at raw power, the power of life and death itself, right in the face… To be continued.

 

Jason Aaron isn’t a writer I follow extensively. When I was trying to catch up on X-men, he did the Wolverine story where he is looking for Mystique for back stabbing the X-men (Though why you’d ever trust a shape shifter who abandoned both her kids, is beyond me), but this issue, even though its mostly a fighting issue, it has this odd grace to it. The small narration when two hero’s clash added that extra spice to make this book everything nice (Ye.. I just said that).
John romita is still as awesome as he has ever been in this issue. There’s something about his style that makes his stuff just look flawless, Maybe its the inker’s he gets to work with, but either way, the combo is just great. There are moments that are still epic and with the way the panels are placed they make everything better. My favourite moment is when Magneto challenges Iron Man and the build up to that is just a delight (Aaron & Romita may work very well together).

This book plays right into the title. This is definitely the most action packed issue until.. Well I won’t ruin which issue. But it is. (Keep reading the reviews to see.) Sadly the only thing this book/issue lacks is any clear cut winner between any two individual sides like Hulk (the red one.. here on out shall be”Rulk”) vs Colossus.. Like I’d want to see that fight. Hopefully Marvel is smart and make this a direct to dvd series that give us crazy fights and can help elaborate the story and the battles further.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.7 out of 5
  • Art:  4.8 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.2 out of 5
  • Story: 4 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Darth Vader VS Gandalf

I would consider myself a nerd, a comic book nerd at that. Though I do enjoy magic, knights in shiny armour, castles, and all that medieval stuff. I also like to dab into the intergalactic war stories. IF YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A WAR, SPACE IS THE PLACE TO DO IT! As a kid I was introduced to star wars, and I didn’t understand any of it, except that they had lightsabers, so I didn’t need to know anything more. Some couple years later, I saw the Lord of the Rings movies and was like everyone else, in love with the franchise

The Folks over at ‘Bat in the Sun’ who brought you the City of Scars & Seeds of Arkham have brought you this new segment called “Super Power Beat Down“, which I thought was a no brainer. So no spoilers, but who do you think would win? 

(If there is any difficulty just watch them on youtube)

this second vid is just the fight for people who don’t care to see all the stats and what not.

(If there is any difficulty just watch them on youtube)

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW