Michael Caine

Now You See Me 2

Once again starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine, The Four Horsemen have returned. This time they are joined by Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Ratcliff. That’s right Harry Potter is in a new magic film! Trying to re-enter the world but they are being held back by The Eye. Now the Eye has a new mission for them, and when things go wrong, they have Horsemen decide to venture out on their own to attempt to reclaim their lives without Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo)

This film blends the first film, with a little bit of Oceans 11. With all but Isla Fisher who had to back out due to her pregnancy, the cast has all returned and all have a great chemistry.  The story is definitely a little bit more ramped up as most sequels are. It brings the magic on a lot stronger than before, but they don’t make it to unbelievable. Even when a trick seems too off the wall, they immediately explain it to you. Which is something I like; I did not want this to become a fantasy type of franchise.

Seeing the first one, and then watching it again before this one, I’m not very sure this really needed a sequel, or better yet even a third which is apparently already coming. However they found a way to make me continue to stay interested in these characters, and genuinely be excited for this adventure. As far as another, I do not know if it is needed, but maybe they can capture that magic again.

One of the best things about this franchise is the cast. They all work so well together. The entire cast. Jesse Eisenberg is dialed into this character more than any other that he place. He isn’t so much himself like he normally does; it is just the right amount of him, toned down to the perfect level. If he could’ve done this for Lex Luthor, that probably would have made BvS better. Dave Franco is someone I want to see in more films. This kid has so much talent. I would love to see him really branch out into more films.

The new comers are pretty good, and fit their roles. Most just bit parts like Sanaa Lathan and Jay Chou. But Lizzy Caplan is a good replacement for Isla Fisher. While you feel her not being there, Lizzy’s character is a lot of fun and makes for a new take on their comedic relief. Daniel Ratcliff is really good as our new villain. He is creepy, and off putting and flat out weird. And it makes it so much fun.

The problems with this film lie in the script. There are some story problems, and some plot whole issues that come up on pretty regular bases. The most glaringly of these being Isla Fishers characters absence. A big plot point of the film is The Horsemen wanting to come out of hiding and claim their lives back. They are stuck and live together in a hide-a-way house. Yet Isla’s character was allowed to leave and not come back…. Yes I know they needed some way to explain her absence, but could you not come up with something that did not go against your plot so much?

The film also drags a lot. It really could have been sent back to the cutting boards 2 or 3 more times. There were plenty of times that I found myself just waiting to get through a scene or a segment. SO much to the point that I even nodded off a few times. There are a lot of exposition scenes that I get why they are there, but I feel they could have re worked the dialog to make it run a lot more smoothly.

Maybe this is something I missed, but the post credit scene in the first film, I don’t know if that just had something to do with that film, but certainly had no connection to this film. This kind of confused me. I had just rewatched the first film, and watching that scene I figured the plot of this one would have something to do with that junk yard fun house place they showed up at. But nothing.

For the most part Now You See Me 2 is an enjoyable film. It has its problems, but they are not so bad that you cannot find enjoyment in this film. You may not need to rush out to see this, but when you do you will have a good time, and go home happy. A fun film, in the same world as its predessceor. If you liked the first you are going to enjoy this one too. If you did not enjoy the first, you wont like this, plain and simple. I gave it a score of 2.8, no bonus, which leaves the Jeebus Score sitting at a 2.8. Not great, but not bad. Maybe wait to catch this one FXx? But what say you? Sound of in the comments and let me know what you thought of the film!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 5 points with a .5 bonus. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Production. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 5.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service, see this movie, not 50 whatever.

So Matthew Vaughn has this thing about only directed one movie in what otherwise could be great franchises with him. Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class for examples. Not to say those films’ sequels weren’t great, I loved them both, but Vaughn just sets franchises up, and doesn’t stick around. So when I found out that Vaughn was leaving X-Men Days of Future Past for some film called Kingsman I wasn’t surprised, yet pretty disappointed! I didn’t get it! But as the trailers slowly started coming out, I started changing my tune. And Kingsman: The Secret Service, is just another example of how good Vaughn is. Written by Vaughn and based on a comic called The Secret Service by Mark Miller and Dave Gibbions, with a stunning cast of Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Luke Freaking Skywalker, Sofia Boutella, and relative unknown Taron Egerton.

Kingsman tells the story of a troubled young boy named Eggsy (Egerton) whose father was once a Secret Agent. When a spot in the service opens up, Eggsy is chosen by his father’s trainer Galahad (Firth) to be his candidate for replacement. As the trainees work to become the next Kingsman, a mastermind criminal (Jackson) is revealed, and they must begin to try to figure out what he is up to. While Eggsy rises to the top of his class, he quickly learns what being a Kingsman is all about, and he must band together with only a few to save the world from certain disaster.

This film is incredible! I expected to really enjoy it, but not as much as I did. I had to double check that I was really still in the middle of February and it wasn’t summer blockbuster time, because this film has that feel to it. It has mixture of feel to it, where it almost is a film that merges old school James Bond films, with a little of Kick-Ass to it. It truly is a fun film, with a good story. There is a little over the top acting, but not that it takes you out of the film. The action scenes are crisp and fun, in typical Matthew Vaughn fashion. They can be gruesome and violent. Not to the point that they are overdone, but definitely in the vain of Kick-Ass which is awesome!

Another major plus is this cast. Some of the greatest British actors ever put together. This is like an Oceans Twelve of great Brits! Firth is great, and for a 50 something year old he is awesome at the action sequences in here. Mark Strong is strong as always (Pun intended). And Samuel L. Jackson even a completely different version of himself, and still, kind of a badass mother F’er! Taron Egerton is definitely a break out star in the film. This kid has a bright future ahead of him. (Spidey????) One of my favorite cameos in the film is obviously Luke Freaking Skywalker, Mark Hamill. Hamill plays a character that his likeness was the inspiration for in the original comic, which is obviously fun to see. He even uses the Joker voice a little here and there, mark out moment of course.

There are a few small issues with the film. There is a little bit of use of Shaky cam during the action scenes. It is not as terrible as it usually used, Matthew Vaughn does a good job at using it correctly. Nevertheless, it is shaky cam. The training montage during the beginning is very choppy and definitely could have been shot better. When we get to the final climax of the movie, you see our hero Eggsy doing some stuff that you kind of think to yourself, “where the hell did he learn to do this, that wasn’t in any of his training!” which kind of takes you out of the film, but you immediately jump right back in and start having fun again.

Even the problems are pretty nitpicky right? This is just a fun film! One that you need to go see. Men, women, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, whatever you are doing this Valentine’s Day weekend, change you plans if they do not involve seeing this film! I’m giving it a 4.4 with a bonus of .3 for how much fun it is, and another .2 for LUKE F’N SKYWALKER! That’s a Jeebus Score of 4.9! So Jackass Nation, are you planning on seeing Kingsman? If not, WHATS WRONG WITH YOU, GO SEE KINGSMAN! Sound off in the comments below!

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Godfather.

The Event known as INTERSTELLAR

Nolanites rejoice. The time is upon us. The highly, HIGHLY anticipated Christopher Nolan film Interstellar. I was privileged enough to catch an early showing of the film, in 35 MM FILM. They way Nolan has intended it to be shown. Now this is going to be a very difficult film to review. The beauty of the film is that going into it, you know very little. You have a basic understanding of the plot, and we know the top billed stars. Other than that the film was shrouded in mystery. Now please excuse me while I rant a little, but, in my youth, that’s how film was. We didn’t have scoops, or set photos, or plot details. One night you’d be at the theater, and you’d see a trailer, and that is what you had to go on. Today there is all sorts of scoops and stories, and while it’s fun, and entertaining, it takes away some mystery. Some mystery that Nolan has brought back to us. The best thing about Nolan’s Interstellar is exactly what most of its cast has told us. It’s not a film, it is an event.

Now let’s look at the surface of the Interstellar. Written, directed, and produced by Nolan, it stars the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, and mystery actor. The story falls in a world where we have lost everything. Our food source is withering away, and we live in a practical dustbowl. When circumstances lead Cooper (McConaughey) to a voyage to save our dying race, he must race against time, space, and ethics to save us, or find his way back home.

Sound generic? It is not I assure you. Interstellar is riddled with theories and stories. It nearly plays out as three separate films. Act I II and III could all pan out to play as their own movies. The acting is spot on. McConaughey is on his way to another nomination, and perhaps trophy. Chastain is on her game, as is Caine. The breakout performance is done by McConaughey’s onscreen daughter, Mackenzie Foy. She is incredible! There is a surprise cameo role that I knew nothing about. I’m not going to blow it, and if you read the cast list you might find it. The cameo role got me so good, I gave Interstellar a .3 bonus.

Interstellar is very thought provoking. About what is out there, are we meant to go on? It never tries to be a message for you that this is fact, just a vision of an opinion. Nolan does a great job telling the story and leaves you thinking. You will walk out of this one with a lot to talk about. I know my brother and I stood in the parking lot for a good 20 minutes discussing the film. And we could have gone on for hours.

No film is perfect, they have their flaws and this one does too. The pacing can be off at times. Not to the point that the film drags, while you feel every minute of its 2 hour and 45 minute run time, it is not slow. It just seems to jump around a lot. From intense, to long winded exposition. And the exposition can get very confusing. I’m not one for quantum physics and space odyssey theories. While the script took nearly a decade working its facts, and scientific authenticity, to the layman it can be very confusing. Luckily I had my brother with me who is very into the worm hole and black hole theories, so after the film could fill me in some. But be prepared, where as in Nolan’s Inception if you pay close enough attention you can follow it, this one can get a little tricky.

So that’s it, without any spoilers, the best I can give you. Because this is a film you need to go into blind. Not knowing the story that lies ahead or what is in your future during those 2 hour and 45 minutes. I scored Interstellar 5.9 with a .3 bonus for its surprise casting, giving it a 6.2, JEEBUS-TACULAR. So go blindly into the film, if you are looking for something like the old days of my youth, grab your best gal and head to the cinema this Friday night. Don’t go for drinks or dinner before, save that for after. Because you are going to have a lot to talk about after this one.

New Interstellar Trailer is here!

The genius between The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige, Momento, and Inception, Christopher Nolan, brings us his next big project, Interstellar. Not much is known about the film before the trailer other then Christopher Nolan is directing. The plot seems to center around a group of scientist and explorers set out on a mission to explore a wormhole that is found in space. The Hollywood Reporter has said that the film will involve time travel other worldly dimension.

With the release of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla, we were given a look at the brand new trailer for Interstellar that you can watch below. The film is going to be distributed by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures, as well as Christopher Nolan’ Syncopy. It is scheduled to be released on November 7 2014, and will star Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace John Lithgow, and Matt Damon. Christopher Nolan is not only directing the film, but will be producer, and wrote the screenplay.