I had expectations coming into this movie. I knew it would be complex, and a little unbelievable. The first one was, so why should I expect anything different from the second? I thought it would have twists and turns, and at least one thing would catch me off-guard. I thought it would be fun throughout with great characters played by good actors. Well, this movie did have all these things, but it just didn’t hit the mark like the first one. It was still entertaining, so I give it 3 Icees (out of 5).
This movie is missing a lot, but also brings some good things to the table. First and foremost, it’s fun. Especially fun is the performance of Lizzy Caplan as the newest Horseman. She breathes some life into what was a testosterone-filled cast that’s humor had for some reason faded. She had the best lines and hit them all pretty well. On the other hand, Daniel Radcliffe (who should have been right at home in a movie about magic) played an idiotic character that either proves he can’t live without Harry Potter, or just isn’t suited for this role (won’t got into the type of role as that would be a spoiler). The rest of the cast was serviceable but not as flamboyant as they were in the first. In the original, they were all big personalities, but in this their personalities were very different. The cockiness was gone, and that is a big part of what made the Horsemen who they were.
The plot was pretty straight-forward and what really made this movie (other than Lizzy) was the fast pace of the movie. There wasn’t a bunch of slow spots that got in the way. The “magic” was dizzying and fun, but obviously computer-based as opposed to actual mis-direction (the rain scene especially). However, suspend the disbelief and it was still really enjoyable. If you loved the first movie, you’ll like this one. If you didn’t care for the first, then you should avoid this one.
No scenes after the credits. All-in-all, I would recommend waiting until this comes out on Redbox and then having a nice evening with that special someone and enjoying it. It’s not a bad movie by any means, but just not as good as the first.