Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Now you See Me

Now you don't. And you don't want to see Now You See Me. The latest movie proving the point that movies are no longer responsible to anyone for being a movie. They are fast becoming an experience much like a ride at a carnival. Take Spielberg or Lucas's insistence that movies will become interactive or a virtual reality ride given for the price of a ticket. Like the movie about illusion that Now You See Me paints we are entering the land of smoke and mirrors. Lets face it ever since HD and flat plasmas we have been speeding into the land of novelty and away from the staid old world of drama.

And as far as Now You See Me proving the point that every action film does there is no story. Not really. There are the tricks performed and then explained for the audience and then totally forgotten. You will remember nothing from this movie when you walk out of the theatre because you saw nothing. You had sensory overload for an hour and a half and some thrills but like a roller coaster when it is over it is over. There is nothing movie about this movie. No lingering humanity to mull over. Nothing.

The characters do not matter. In fact besides Woody Harrelson and Mark Ruffalo you don't really know anyone and you only know these two because they play themselves. But this is our entry into the next generation of film. A carnival ride that leaves us empty and twelve bucks lighter but no better for having watched it. And as far as they old entertainment thing goes you might as well head for an amusement park and take a ride on the roller coaster.

At least you can be outside and enjoy a little reality.

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