If you are willing to accept that this is not a clever caper film but rather Fast and Furious-level entertaining silliness with magic instead of cars (and also there are some cars), it ain’t a bad way to spend a couple hours.
You’ve got a better chance of moving the moon out of its orbit that getting nerds to change their minds about prejudging a movie based on what they want it to be rather than what it is.
I sort of figured that’s the kind of movie this was going to be based on the trailer, but to be perfectly honest there are way worse things that get made than “Fast and the Furious only with magic and maybe a shallow anti-1% message tacked on, plus Morgan Freeman.”
I thought it’s gonna be The Italian Job IN VEGAS! or something. Ah well, I still got a ticket.
I enjoyed most of the movie, but the ending really didn’t work for me. Like, editing out a few minutes would make it so, so much better.
What Kai said. I have to admit, F&F is a guilty pleasure for me.
I didn’t figure from the advertising that it was going to be a clever caper film, but the marketers for this film aren’t doing it any favors. The ads I’ve seen do make it look like it’s trying to be a caper film but missing the point.
This one-line review actually has me somewhat interested in seeing the film now – because “Fast & Furious With Stage Magic” is almost, but not quite, as interesting an elevator pitch to me as “Die Hard With Stage Magic” would be (which I would be at opening day).
Single sentence review of your single sentence review: there is a vast and important gulf between “magic” and “stage magic” that anyone who runs a blog devoted to comics and nerdery should have the interest and precision to get right.
Ssr of your ssr of the ssr: There is a threshold of pedantry even in nerd circles, and this passed it like it was standing still.
Just got back from seeing it. Had to admit, the big twist was something I was not expecting (and I crow about figuring out the twist to Usual Suspects before even seeing it). Makes you think a few hours after viewing, going over each of the details and clues from earlier to see just how big a magic trick the whole movie is.
SSR^4: “The sting of your awesome burn is lost in the joy of imagining just how fast the threshold of pedantry is zipping around!”
I went into it sort of thinking it would be a clever caper film, but I came out of it totally happy to have seen ‘Fast & The Furious with (stage) magic’.
I leave the magic vs stage magic argument to people more inclined to split hairs.
I also discovered what is needed to make me completely not care about nit picking details in movies / trailers. Giant Robots, hitting Giant Monsters, with oil tankers wielded like baseball bats. Does it make sense? No. Does the trailer have lots of things that seem stupid? Yep. Am I seeing it opening weekend? Fuck. Yeah.
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