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I have somehow missed ‘Now You See Me‘, a very entertaining movie directed by when it was released four years ago. Luckily, it’s one of those movies that do not lose their appeal that fast, and then it’s summer time, so the right time for fun and entertaining films. The only detail that seems overcome by time in this film is the usage of phones phones with geo-positioning systems.As smartphones took over the market, and applications as Google Maps became ubiquitous, the cops using keyboard based not-so-smart mobile phones seems to have happened twenty and not four years back. It’s kind of a lesson for film-makers which may find more and more difficult coping with the pace of progress of our smart gadgets. Maybe the sequel avoids this mistake.

 

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1670345

 

Now You See Me‘ combines two genres – the big robbery and the magicians movies, with more emphasize on the later. ‘The closer you look, the less you see’ is the key saying of the film which tells the story of four magicians with different specializations brought together in a team that combines huge magician shows a la David Copperfield with bank robberies. They are supported by a finance tycoon (), followed by a former magician () whose pastime is exposing on TV the tricks and frauds of magicians, and have of course all the FBI and Interpol on their tracks. The roles of manipulators and manipulated, suspects and innocents change all the time, and as in a good magic show we are never sure what we exactly see on screen.

 

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The story may have a few holes that cannot be filled even by magic, but the convention works well, and is well supported by the actors. Watching and is always a delight in this kind of roles that they enjoy playing in this epoch of their careers. The rest of the team does a good job as well, with special mentions for  and . ‘Now You See Me‘ is a film to enjoy, like a good show with magicians.

 

Is the fact that I immensely liked ‘Youth’ a sign that I am getting old? I can tell you (and I will tell you) a few good reasons ‘Youth’ is not a masterpiece, and yet, I resonated and was really moved at several moments while watching this film.

Take for example the scene when the emissary of Her Majesty comes for a second time to invite retired composer and conductor Fred Ballinger () to perform at the anniversary of Prince Phillip a famous composition of his called ‘Simple Songs’ (‘it’s the only music he likes’). The daughter of the musician, Lena () is present and the camera moves so that she turns from background to close-up. We will understand the scene by her emotions. The old musician has refused firmly the invitation ‘for personal reasons’. The emissary royally insists and asks details about the reasons. The daughter understands, she is on the verge of breaking into tears. The old man answers ‘my wife was the only one who was performing it perfectly and she cannot do it any longer’. Close up on the daughter crying. One of the most beautiful declarations of love that I have seen on screens for many years.

 

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The location of the story is a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, a place of relaxation and recovery for the ultra-riches of the world. Some of the scenes that describe the daily life of the place look like a tourism promo, but there is enough irony to balance the super-aesthetic view. In the mid of the hinted celebrities, in between a cinema star that can be a Matt Daemon or a Leonardo DiCaprio refueling and a Maradona at the pick of his overweight decline, we meet the two old friends – the musician and film director who tries to find an ending to his ‘testament movie’ together with a team of yuppies script-writers. The two share memories – remembered and forgotten – as well as an attitude that tries to cope with their own personal decay. Is this a symbol of a broader decay, the one of the society they come from, the falling in oblivion of a way of life, but also of a way of making art and relating to art? This is one of the possible messages that I read in this film.

 

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The acting of the two old masters – Caine and Keitel is superb. makes one apparition that is worth waiting for. There are a lot of funny moments in this film, there is melodrama, and real drama. A feeling of melancholy envelops all the story, the same type of melancholy that I sensed in The Great Beauty (which I liked less) and to some extent in This Must Be the Place which was one of the most original Holocaust stories that I have seen. Overall, ‘Youth’ confirms the huge talent of in making films with emotional stories and characters that are both special and sometimes eccentric, but also deeply human.

 

‘Flawless’ meets two actors who for me are at the opposite poles – Michael Caine who cannot do wrong and Demi Moore who cannot do right. The action tales place in the early 60s and Moore is a female executive in the diamond industry which must have been a very rare thing at that time. Caine is a janitor close to retirement in the building in downtown London which hosts the corporation Moore works for. The two make the most improbable pair of burglars one can imagine. A robbery which may not even be a robbery.

 

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source http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780516/

 

The detective story is much less than flawless. What gives value to the film is the human motivation of the two heroes. Did I say that they make improbable partners? Yet each of the two has a good motivation for doing what they do, and the film can be read as a feminist story in a world of male-dominated corporations, and as a love story of a very different kind.

 

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So what about the acting? Unfortunately here lies the big minus of the film in my opinion. This may be one of the best films of Demi Moore – I do not know, as I never liked her acting. She seems to me stiff and … unfeminine in this film. Worst than this, she seems to succeed to draw down Michael Caine as well and make of his role in this film one of the less convincing I have seen him in. Far from flawless.