The summer blockbuster season is here! “Media Services at the Movies” will look at what big movie is coming out this week, then offer a few movies like it from our collection.
So, we have a weird relationship with Now You See Me. Years ago, we got a publicity package from the film’s producers, filled with Now You See Me shirts, hats, flashlights (?), gum (?!), and other strange branded products. Forgive us if we have a soft spot for this deeply silly movie series. It’s supposed to be about magic, but it’s closer to one of G.O.B.’s illusions.
Instead, let’s pivot to actual magic. In particular, let’s look at two films about magicians with the same name: The Illusionist. 2006’s Illusionist tells a story of romance about magician in 19th century Austria-Hungary; 2010’s Illusionist is a melancholy animated film based on a screenplay by late French filmmaker Jacques Tati.
Both are certainly sadder films, but they do a better job capturing the enchantment of illusions compared to… whatever Now You See Me is doing.