I’ll tell you what, the only reason you didn’t see it is because you’re looking too close. And what have I been telling you all night? The closer you look, the less you’ll see. Believe in magic, muggle.
That quote is taken from the highly underrated movie ‘Now you see me’ and when I say underrated, yeah I’m looking at you IMDB. I recently had the pleasure of watching this movie and I must say it is quite brilliant, if you haven’t watched it already, please do, you shall not regret it. You will never realize whats actually going on the whole movie and even when you do, you will still be left wondering ”why?” which makes me wonder how intellectual movies have gotten in recent times as compared to older times, I guess it’s because of us, the audience, and our ever-changing nature and want to be challenged, we want to be baffled, fooled and left in the dark but only when it comes to movies. In olden times when the cinema was still young, this still rings true, but on a milder level. So one can conclude that we have gotten smarter and movies are just adapting to survive.
As the title of this here post suggests (sudden burst of a southern accent, wut.) I’m not really going to talk about the evolution of film culture, although I can’t help dabbling here and there about it. Getting back, I am here to talk about the movie; for every movie has a tale to tell and teaches a lesson to be learned, Disney I believe teaches some of the most profound and shocking lessons, I found a blog for anyone who actually wants to go there, I mean seriously! Anyways without moving too far off topic let’s look at ‘Now you see me’ as a whole as see what it teaches us, you see most of us miss that because we all tend to focus on the smaller details and we fail to take in the bigger picture, like twilight for example (couldn’t resist mentioning this) people are too focused on how awfully good-looking Edward Cullen is and how he magically sparkles in the sunlight (people aka most teenage girls) to realize what is actually happening in the story, Bella an emotionally dead teenager finds that one of the boys in her class is actually a blood sucking vampire and instantly falls in love with him, and in what seems like the course of a year is willing to commit suicide, leave all her real human friends and family so she can become a dead vampire and the only other person she even mildly likes just happens to be a werewolf, which in my opinion would have been a much better alternative to dying, seriously, what up with this depressed chick and her attraction towards the supernatural. This is an example of what a movie can teach you, and I believe finding and interpreting that lesson is a key in determining whether the movie is actually good or not, but we don’t see the lesson because we are blinded by the minor details, which are made glamorous and which strangely, we tend to focus more on; like how stunning the graphics were or how hot that lead actress was although guys, I get where you’re coming from on that point :).
That’s it, I have just told you the lesson ‘Now you see me’ taught me, incidentally it’s the same thing that’s said in the : ”Lion King”,a movie which I absolutely do not get tired of, it is ”look beyond what you see” or ”you didn’t see it because you’re looking to close”. Cut out all the minor bull crap and realize what you’re watching, for who knows, some of those lessons may come in handy later in life.
you see movies are like a magic trick, that is why we are so enthralled by them. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something extraordinary isn’t enough; it’s got to have meaning to it. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part called “The Prestige.” – taken from ”The Prestige”