Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone. It’s a chance for us to reflect on those who have served (are serving) us and usher in the summer with barbecues, movies and, for this writer, trips to Monmouth Racetrack to bet on the ponies. Who could ask for anything more? And if you’re waiting for a snarky comment about Memorial Day, keep looking buster, I love this weekend. To help us kick it off we’ve got magicians and father-son duos.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Now You See Me
If this trailer left you a little lost raise your hand. I get the basic premise: four magicians perform bank robberies during their shows and Robin Hood-style give all the money they take back to audience members. Except that the trick they’re doing with robberies isn’t really the trick at all. The trick they’re doing is something more than the really big trick and we don’t know exactly what it is, or what it’s about because the illusions they create are meant to hide the motivations behind whatever scheme they’re pulling off while robbing the banks. Confused yet? Me too. Oh and on top of that, wrap your mind around the roughly ten thousand other tricks and illusions this magician team is pulling off while all the rest of the sh#$ is going down. Plus, is their brand of magic actually magic (it sure freaking looks like it from the trailer) or is it all some grandiose scheme and diversion from their ultimate goal? I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
It doesn’t help the film’s Wikipedia page is the shortest and least detailed of any movie I’ve ever seen that only had a week until release. Getting info on this flick is surprisingly difficult and a testament to the secrecy behind magic that the filmmakers don’t want to give away anything *ahem* up their sleeve. In fact, the only productive research I was able to track down was this clip which I’ve been practicing all morning. My friends and family will be amazed!
If a movie can be judged on trailer alone, then director Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans-28%, The Incredible Hulk-67%) has put together a quality summer film. It looks sleek and entertaining with a killer ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Isla Fisher to name a few. Without too much else to go on except a few early reviews hidden deep in the internet, I’m tempted to say this strikes a chord with critics. It won’t crush it towards the top of the scale, but expect something well worth the watch. The Rotten Watch for Now You See Me is