It is rare for a sequel to reach the same greatness of surpass that of the original. Now You See Me 2 is no exception. While the film contained many similar elements, themes, and characters to the original movie, it does not possess the same magical quality (pun intended) as the first film in the franchise.
Keeping a majority of the same cast, and adding new ones helps the film sustain an entertaining and fun atmosphere. With Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner in The Avengers), Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee in Zombieland), Dave Franco (Eric Molson in 21 Jump Street), Morgan Freeman (Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding in The Shawshank Redemption), and Michael Caine (Alfred in The Dark Knight) all revived their roles as J. Daniel Atlas, Dylan Rhodes, Merritt McKinney, Thaddeus Bradley, and Arthur Tressler respectively. In addition to familiar characters, audiences were introduced to the characters of Lula, played by Lizzie Caplan (Janis Ian in Mean Girls), and Walter Mabry, played by Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). Caplan’s character replaced that of Henley Reeves, played by Isla Fisher (voice of Tooth in Rise of the Guardians).
With such an amazing ensemble of actors, one would expect exemplary acting. Unfortunately, this doesn’t hold true. Radcliffe’s performance is mediocre along with most of his castmates’. The only performance that truly stands out is that of Harrelson. He not only plays Merritt McKinney, but also that of his brother. He does a phenomenal playing both characters and delivers a hilarious, standout performance.
The special effects were also lackluster. While they successfully portrayed the magic, they could have been better.
The plot was all over the place. It was confusing and crazy, and kind of all fell apart at the end. Everything was rushed and very dependent on certain things happening, leaving plenty of plot holes.
There was one very fun scene involving lots of card tricks that I, personally, really enjoyed.
Overall I would give Now You See Me 2 a 4.7/10 stars because it only contains few positive aspects even if it provides an entertaining watch.