1.) The four main cast members are not only great, but also work well together. Even the newcomer, Lula (played by Lizzy Caplan) may be a little annoying at times, she works well with the Four Horsemen, and she is no pushover when it comes to her own magic.
2.) The magic tricks are cool. Even though it is clearly done with “movie magic” instead of a live audition, there are plenty of clever tricks that can wow any audience watching this movie (unless you are very nit-picky).
3.) I like how they do not explain certain things to you, and you have to figure it out yourself. It trusts the audience enough for them to know what is happening…
1.) …However, that can backfire if the illusion of magic is ruined, like there are plenty of moments where the Four Horsemen should have been caught in both the heist and magic tricks…
2.) …Speaking of magic tricks, the movie loses its charm when they show how they did those tricks. They may have done it in the last movie, but not as much as this one, and especially if one of its themes is magic vs. science.
3.) Just like the last movie, the story is pretty weak. It is arguably weaker since there are plenty of plot lines in the story that you are not likely going to care. In fact, some of the twists you may or may not see coming, but I would not go as far as saying you will end up being impressed in the end.
I enjoyed the first Now You See Me. It had flaws, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. With its sequel now released, I enjoy it as much as the last one even with its glaring flaws. However, it does lose a bit of its charm for me. The last one a heist movie, but also a bit of a mystery, whereas this is one is the same, but it is no longer mysterious. It reminds me of the Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey, Jr. The first movie is a mystery movie, while the second one is not. These two movies parallel each other, because their sequels aim to be big, but got too big for its own good. I still enjoy Now You See Me 2, but I get the feeling that it may not be as good as the first for everyone. If you liked the first one, you will also like this one. Just do not expect it to be a masterpiece.