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Now You See Me 2 Review (2016) | More Info on Lionel Shrike

A bit more glimpse into the life of Lionel Shrike. Now You See Me 2 is more or less capering around the surface of its prequel. So, that leaves its wounds open – the way things were in the previous installment. But it manages to work around it with its stunning theatrics, an elusive plot and a pinch of some rad magic to keep us riveted to our seats.

The thing that is worth noticing, and probably on which the entire story of Now You See Me franchise is based upon is none other than Lionel Shrike. Ring a bell? No? Well, we have got you covered.


Lionel Shrike is like the Houdini of the franchise. So, you have got to place him at the top alongside Thadeus Braddley. The level of magic Lionel Shrike creates is gargantuan. To explain events shown in the movie, I will try to create a timeline of events so you know what happens when.

  • When Lionel Shrike was a kid he asks a man to sign a card as part of a trick. He then hides the card inside the hollow of a tree, letting the tree to grow around it. After 30 years, he asks the same man to sign another card, and then as part of his revelation cuts down the tree to reveal the card from 30 years ago. You can imagine how far he is willing to go for a magic trick.
  • Thaddeus Bradley and Lionel Shrike were actually friends, but nobody knows that since they acted like rivals.
  • Lionel Shrike attempts to do a lock safe stunt in the East River where the stunt goes wrong and he possibly drowns (he might be alive).
  • Before going in he offers his watch to his son (You are wondering who is son is? Brace yourself MAJOR SPOILER: Dylan Rhodes) The poor quality of the safe he was in warps its metal when it reaches the bottom, and the body is never recovered.
  • As the body and the safe wasn’t recovered Tressler Insurance denies paying insurance claim to Dylan’s mother.

That’s how it all began. Dylan swears vengeance to take revenge on both Thaddeus and Tressler and that forms the basis of the story we have been watching so far.

still of lionel shrike played by richard laing in now you see me 2


Daniel Radcliffe as Walter Mabry is absolutely thrilling, although he doesn’t get much to gnaw at. He still manages to make his character interesting. Makes a swell entry! Lizzy Caplan is an awesome find as Lula, a pleasant inclusion to the already stellar cast. Her jocular remarks will make you fall in love with her instantly. Also, she doesn’t make you miss Isla Fisher.

still of Lizzy Caplan as Lula in Now you see me 2 movie lionel shrike

The director’s shaky camera techniques don’t really work here, as he decimates action. If it were not for the plot and some cool magic tricks, it would have failed, nay, fell flat on its face in the muck of its own doing.


Now You See Me 2 has side-plots, some fine to live with but some really vapid and in need of better framing. Two of the worst ones were the twin tale and the original girdle that bound the movie taut. Even though Woody Harrelson creates a charming façade as his twin, the side story doesn’t pack in a big punch. The Morgan Freeman story does, but it simply vexes you forcing you to chase the ‘tale’. It is as if Jon M. Chu serves you a revelation hotchpotch, and boom! they keep falling one after the other on you. It seems rather deliberate and pushed to match the lines of the first installment.

still of daniel radcliffe as Walter Mabry in Now You See Me 2 movie lionel shrike

At times the dialogues of Now You See Me 2 run into cheesy territory and you feel like laughing at serious moments, like when they team up (which by the way they have always acted as), and they go, “Who’s in?” and then others follow, “I am in”, “Me too”.

The side story of Dylan Rhodes, which Mark Ruffalo goes in full-blown acting mode along with Thaddeus Bradley, is a good one but the vendetta never takes place. The final revelation of Now You See Me 2 feels kind of empty even though it was colossal. Maybe it was in dire need of a proper depiction with a revelation theme or something. The way the movie begins, ends the same way opening you to the puns hidden in words which was well thought of. The voice of Morgan does justice to it as well. The Eye still stays as the rudimentary backdrop of the tale, and looks like we have something to look forward to in the long run.

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The card trick to steal the stick is stark badass but unfortunately there is too much of it, and it makes you start thinking out loud. There is comparatively lesser magic and more of hypnotism in Now You See Me 2 which kind of defeats the purpose of magic. The best magical majestic bit is the one Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) performs with rain as he tries to play God. Absolutely stunning to watch!

You can check out the trailer of Now You See Me 2 here:

The Last Witch Hunter Review (2015)

The Last Witch Hunter is yet another Vin debacle!

So he has a knack for action. Or so we have perceived and accepted him as. The action bloke! But he seems to drive the action well only when he is behind the wheels. Apart from the Fast and Furious franchise, we have rarely seen him successfully take a movie to a badass fruition.

The Last Witch Hunter is anything but a good action movie. The witch action depicted was overshadowed by the cranky looking disgusting witch-faces and the flick’s average CGI. At one point the growing roots and branches of the trees looked so animated, I wondered if I walked in for an animated movie. The action ends up without a proper focus and it becomes hard to concentrate. Also, it was horrifically limited.

The plot is downright outrageous. The minute I saw Vin give a cheesy one liner to the air hostess in the beginning scene, I at once understood, what I was in for. The story contains a prologue and a follow up eventually to connect the dots, which could have been directed beautifully had we not Breck Eisner to helm this flick.

The concept of the movie is based on sheer fantasy, which if not depicted well, naturally goes to the toilet. So, if there is nothing engaging to watch, you automatically slip into a jaded zone.

Rose Leslie’s role is that of a Dream Walker. She’s like a walking pensieve. (and Harry Potter winks!) Without a proper story she gets hazy too. Michael Caine is there in the flick just to converse with Vin, and to go into a coma. He did the latter quite well. Elijah Wood’s role headed towards naught. He should have never left his Frodo bags.

What I also almost forgot to mention, is the fact that the movie is really boring. You will be hit by a sudden indifference with all the witch-crap they throw at you without a proper explanation. Even the screenplay was an attempt at subtle one-liners, something every action movie proudly thrives on.

This movie was a failed attempt at witchcraft. I just wish a big production house and better directors to pick up this project and reboot the shit outta this!