Tag Archive: Michael Caine


Now You See Me

Now You See Me (2013)

Directed by Louis Leterrier

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine

 

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Four magicians who are brought together to form the group The Four Horsemen are tracked by the FBI and Interpol after they commit robberies during their stage acts.

 

The four magicians all have their own set of skills which are shown off at the beginning of the film which is why they are brought together. They bring some amazing magic tricks to the stage for the audiences all while committing bank robberies and giving the money to their viewers. The film plays on the whole illusion trick by having characters constantly saying everything is not quite what it seems leaving the audience guessing throughout the film what is going to happen, much like a real magic trick.

I’m a fan of all the main actors in this film and every single one of them performed very well. Mark Ruffalo has something about him that is making him one of my favourite actors around at the moment.

 

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I really enjoyed this film. I mean what’s not to like? Magic is fun and entertaining and all the actors are great performers. The film will have you second guessing some bits and you do have to pay attention and think for yourselves at times but sometimes it is nice to do some of the work in your own head and not be spoon-fed everything. Fun for everyone.

 

TheFriedGold rating – 7.5/10Abracadabra

 

Film Fact

Michael Caine was locked in his dressing room for a whole night during the shooting of the movie. Caine fell asleep after shooting and couldn’t hear when the director called the day a wrap. Everyone thought that Caine left and the set was closed. Caine woke up in the pitch dark and wasn’t released until the morning until someone heard his cries for help.

 

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Gnomeo and Juliet

Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

Directed by Kelly Asbury

Starring James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Matt Lucas, Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, Stephen Merchant, Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart

 

It’s the tale of Romeo and Juliet, the tragic tale of forbidden love. Only this retelling of the classic Shakespeare story is told using garden gnomes. Set to the songs of Elton John.

 

I never thought I would see this film. But, somehow, I have. I am pretty sure the genesis of this film came from a pun on “Romeo” thought up by standing in a garden. So after judging the film before I saw it, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Gnomeo and Juliet. It is not a rival to Pixar but it is better than some Dreamworks Animation (Madagascar 2, I look at you). This is a fun, breezy story, stacked with a top-end voice cast. The animation is solid without breaking any new ground and there are moments of genuine hilarity which I was not expecting. The inclusion of Elton John’s back catalogue for the soundtrack is excellent at times but horribly forced at others – “Saturday Night’s alright” is a good song but maybe not for film aimed at children and not quite right when used. In spite of myself, I enjoyed this.

 

Fried Gold rating: 3/5 – it’s fun, easy to watch and not as bad as you may think it could be

 

If you like this then you might like:

 Flushed Away (Aardman’s first CGI film, flopped on release and underrated since)