Now you see me 2 (2016)

Jon M. Chu directs the second instalment of Now you see me, a film that held appeal in its first part and tried to up the ante in the second.

The attempt wasn’t entirely unsuccessful, with the original cast up to its usual shenanigans. It was joined by some new members and a surprisingly convincing Daniel Radcliffe, as a ‘man-child’ villain. His father is another surprise. They are caricature antagonists, not to be taken seriously but enough to move the plot along.

The proceedings aren’t entirely predictable, but could have been more funny and edgy. The end result was a satisfactory film with enough twists and turns which led to a goofy climax.

2.5/5

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The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego Movie: A satire on popular culture, super heroes and classic tales, this super rich animation will dazzle you with its detail and very fine story telling. Our most beloved lego toy is transformed into an intricate world with a very ‘sticky’ problem. How the characters (who have superb voice over) navigate through their predicament, is unique and entertaining.

Kids may enjoy the visuals, but the underlying philosophy and the way it is communicated may not be straight forward for them to digest or decode. Either way, it’s a treat for children and adults, with the multi-talented voices of Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Channing Tatum, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Liam Neeson.

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street) present a superior quality of grown up humour combined with intelligent animation.

You are in for a laughter fix.

3.5/5

Now You See Me

Magic is deception, we trust the magician and believe the trick. This film shows the skills of 4 illusionists and others entwined in their story. High production value scenes packed with crowds and spectacles, interspersed with a FBI/Interpol agent chase give it a fairly fast pace. The acts leave you wondering ‘how??’ and thankfully, you are given answers. Soon the plot takes on a ‘whodunnit’ angle and you are left guessing. The end was not predictable, but a bit of a downer. Probably one scene less and the punch would be just right.

3/5