chinese heritage
EXCLUSIVE: Ming-Na Wen, Original Voice of 'Mulan,' Might Have a Role in Disney's Live-Action Remake!

The ABC star added that there is one thing that she’s definitely “hoping for” in the next Mulan. “I would love to have a part in it in some way,” she said. “We’ll see – knock on wood!’

Wen, who continues to voice the role of Mulan on Disney Channel’s Sofia the First and the Disney Infinity video games, dished that she is already having "conversations” about having some kind of role in the film.

“I know the fans really want it and love it. And some of them even go, ‘Well, why don’t you just play Mulan?’ And I’m like, 'Yeah, if it’s Mulan: The Later Years,’” the 53-year-old actress said with a laugh.

When asked which star she’d love to see step into her shoes as Mulan, Wen only has one request: “That she’s Chinese in her heritage.”

She continued, “Even though we’re Pan-Asian, it is specifically a Chinese folklore and I really think that someone with that ethnic background [would] really just add more to the story.”

anonymous asked:

Emma Stone's character in Aloha, Allison Ng, is 1/4 Native Hawaiian and 1/4 Chinese. The director, Cameron Crowe, said he only added the Chinese heritage as a nod to the large Asian population in Hawaii, but the Hawaiian heritage is what is central to the storyline, as all the cultural elements in it are Hawaiian and Allison is supposed to be a white-passing mixed race Hawaiian with a strong connection to her culture that she is constantly explaining because she knows she looks white to others.

Is this suppose to defend the whitewashing in the movie? As if the couldn’t find an actress who wasn’t white for the role?


Mom, we have walls
brick and mortar 
layered between our generations
mom, I love you
but sometimes we don’t understand
palms pressed to the barriers
keeping us apart
I try to tell you that maybe
it’s not our fault
that I was born with the audacity
to exist
and you were born under the impression
that another son couldn’t hurt
sometimes I feel like I cannot go to you
because I will never be the daughter
you taught yourself to be
sometimes I feel like I am rotten
with America
and I only say that because
I don’t even know how to speak my way home
mom, I know we have our differences
and it’s not always easy to remember
that heritage is an honor
but it is, it is
and I promise to make a lasting legacy
I won’t let your life fade away
just because we are on the other side
of the sea
sacrifice is in our lineage
and remembering the taste of 
soil and rice fields and mosquito territory
is the least I can do to say
I am grateful for all the goodbyes 
you have ever stomached and all the
faces you never got to see again
just so you could give me my best chance
in this new homeland and I am sorry
I am sorry that the transition hasn’t been easy
and I am sorry if I had ever been a part
of making you feel like you were unwanted–
mom, we have walls
but I won’t let them keep you out.
—  Confessions of a Chinese-Vietnamese American Daughter
The bidders’ favorite desserts

yum. personally, i’m a huge fan of green tea ice cream and green tea lava cake!!

@maidofstars @bolt8826 @tsundere-eevee @alolan-lillie @themysticaldaydreamer @2bedroom-baddestbidderlove what are your favorite desserts?

Eisuke: Strawberry Shortcake

He’s a big fan of sweets in general, but strawberry shortcake takes the cake (no pun intended). There’s just something about the fluffiness of the cake, the creaminess of the icing, and the tartness of the strawberries that gets him. Also, this dweeb always eats the top strawberry first.

Soryu: Egg Tart

Yum. What better way to remind of him of his Chinese heritage? When he grew up in Hong Kong, his grandpa used to buy them for him during special occasions. The flaky crust and the creamy custard keep him addicted to the damn things. He likes eating them when they’re hot and freshly-made.

Baba: Tiramisu

A classy dessert for a classy guy. It’s light, cold, and perfect for romantic dates! Of course, being the chef he is, Baba can perfectly whip up his own tiramisu. His recipe is godly, but he won’t reveal it to just anyone.

Ota: Parfait

Aside from being delicious, parfaits are just so aesthetically-pleasing. Ota thinks it’s a shame that has to end up gobbling up something so pretty, but what can you do? He has a separate Instagram dedicated to parfaits.

Mamoru: Taiyaki

Mamoru’s a pretty down-to-earth, traditional guy, so his tastes in desserts are very in-tune with his personality. As a child, there used to be a food cart that sold taiyaki near his house. Needless to say, this dessert grew on him. He’s perfectly fine with red-bean filling or custard filling.

Shuichi: Crepe

He’s pretty neutral with desserts, but he has a soft spot for crepes. They’re not as flashy as cakes or as greasy as donuts, and they can be sweet or savory. His favorite crepes are banana crepes, but he’s totally okay with plain crepes, too. Plus, it perfectly complements his black coffee.

Luke: Blueberry Scone

He normally doesn’t eat in general, but he’ll make an exception for blueberry scones. They’re not too sweet, and they’re relatively easy to eat (not too messy or too fancy, either). And of course, you can’t have the perfect tea time without scones.

Hikaru: Cinnamon Roll

His dessert choice is pretty ironic, considering who he is. He’s also not a big fan of sweets or dairy products in general, but there’s something about the cinnamon-y taste that he likes…He doesn’t like putting too much cream, though.

Bonus - MC: Ice Cream

After a long, stressful day of working at the penthouse, nothing beats a classic pint of ice cream. It’s her go-to food when the others stress her out. It’s easy to find, which makes it better for her. Her freezer usually has a stock of at least two pints of ice cream. Unsurprisingly, her favorite flavor is Chocolate Therapy (for good reason lmao)

The problem with Emma Stone’s casting in ‘Aloha’ is NOT that she “can’t pass as half Swedish, ¼ Hawaiian, and ¼ Chinese.” It’s that she isn’t Hawaiian or Chinese, and by casting her as such you are taking opportunities away from actual Hawaiian and Chinese people. You’re not giving them representation if you’re not letting them represent themselves.

I’m sick and tired of people saying, “I know someone who’s half white and half [insert Asian ethnicity here], and they look white, so it shouldn’t be a big deal that Emma Stone is playing an Asian.” That is not the point. It has nothing to do with how she looks, it’s about what you’re taking away from Asian and Pacific Islanders when you cast a fully white women to play us. 

I’m not buying Cameron Crowe’s apology and his explanation that he “wanted a character who was proud of her Hawaiian and Chinese heritage but was frustrated that she didn’t look Hawaiian or Chinese.” This is a struggle that many passing mixed people go through, and that could’ve been portrayed beautifully on the screen—if someone who actually understands that struggle were cast. Instead, we were given Emma Stone with an Asian last name and a fake tan. What Cameron Crowe gave us wasn’t an apology, it was a half-assed excuse. 

So no, I don’t accept that “apology” (wherein Crowe didn’t once say he was even sorry for casting Emma). And I won’t stop holding Emma Stone responsible for it as well. Even if she didn’t create that part for herself, she still took it knowing how wrong it was that they were whitewashing yet another lead role in a Hollywood movie. There is no excuse for it. As a “progressive” and “feminist” woman, she should have known better. She isn’t here for women, she’s here for women who look like her and I’m sick of it.

watashinocow  asked:

Sup, girl! I have seen how you've swam in a different direction from the crowd and I'm just saying that I AM PROUD. To tell you honestly, the KS fandom, in my opinion, is too immature. It's not only about not being open to opinions from the minority but also not contemplating on how it would feel to be in a similar situation in the story. KS is supposed to be horror story, not an erotica or romantic novel. Justifying the sick shit there is so wrong. I read it because YOLO, not because I ship it.

I think that everyone has a different taste and nobody’s taste is better than other’s (unless it’s problematic).

It’s ok if you like KS but what’s not ok is glorifying an abusive relationship.

It was pretty gross when I got into KS (because a follower told me about it) and found out that most of the people in the fandom are ~shipping~ the hunk and the twink.

The hunk abuses the twink in every way possible and yet people are like ~they look so cute together~ and excusing the hunk’s behaviour because he has mommy issues he’s cute?.

Some people would literally lose their ass over a mediocre conventionally attractive looking white boy (that’s why so many mediocre conventionally attractive looking white boys are the lead in so many movies even when the movie is about THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA  AND IT IS SET IN CHINA IN ANCIENT TIMES YET THE LEAD IS A CAUCASIAN MEDIOCRE CONVENTIONALLY ATTRACTIVE LOOKING WHITE BOY WHEN THE REST OF THE CAST IS CHINESE OR OF CHINESE HERITAGE?!!11!?).

If you like KS because it’s horror, you like the art, etc it’s totally ok.

In my opinion KS is just a lame and cheap webcomic with a shock value story that gets really predictive, boring and cliché very soon. However, the fact that I don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s bad just like when I like things doesn’t mean they’re any better.

We need to respect each other’s tastes but what the KS fandom (not everyone but most does) is doing by romanticizing and glorifying this toxic and by all means wrong relationship is just awful.

A lot of people are suffering from that shit ffs.

Before I finish I want to say that A FANDOM DOESN’T DEFINE THE PEOPLE IN IT, the fact that most people of a fandom act in a certain way doesn’t mean everyone in that fandom is like that so I’m not calling out the KS fandom but the people in it who are problematic and worshipping what’s wrong.

I’m sure there are people in the KS who don’t ship or glorify and acknowledge the problematic situation and just like other aspects of KS.

To the rest of the fandom:

So I gave Günter a boyfriend...

Here’s some stuff about him!

Name: Montrose Jiang

Age: 28

Species: Giant Panda

Ethnicity/Heritage: Chinese and French

Languages (Knows/Speaks): French (Main), Chinese (Secondary, normally used with family), English (has a thick French accent), and  German (understands it but can’t speak it)

Gender/Pronouns: Male, he/him

Sexuality: Pan-romantic Homosexual

Relationship(s): Günter Engle, boyfriend of five years

Career: Head designer at Midnight Couture

Height: 5'5 ( Since I don’t know the characters real heights, I’m just guessing, he’s taller than Günter)

Fur Color: Black and White (Duh du jour)

Eye Color: Brown

Personality: Sweet, shy, and creative. Worrier, especially when it comes to his family or Günter. Way more subdued and quiet than his extroverted bf. In terms of style, he’s more into button shirts and dress pants than Günter’s glittery tracksuits and leotards. He’s always carrying a sketchbook with him, ready to sketch out a design or new pattern.

I’m really sorry there isn’t more, there was more but the page refreshed before I could save. I WILL write more about Montrose and his relationship with Günter, I promise. I already have an idea for a oneshot.

Some people who may be interested:





Chicken soup for the conflicted Chinese-American soul

As a cheeseburger-loving, second generation Chinese-American who can’t speak a word of Cantonese with my grandma, I struggle with my identity. I’m not Chinese enough (whatever that means), yet I’m clearly not white. Food connects me with my heritage and my family members who endured the hardships of immigration. But when I got to college in New York, I remember being confused — and offended — by how others saw my heritage.

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A quick note on Iron Fist

Ok so the new Netflix trailer is out and I for one am fairly excited however a lot of people on this site (and elsewhere on the webs) are upset because they chose to keep Danny Rand (Iron Fist) as a white person rather than an Asian American. Now this is a VALID complaint, asian american representation in Marvel is absolutely terrible and the Iron Fist series is absolutely drenched in asian culture, mythology and lore. However, I do not feel Iron Fist being kept white is necessarily an issue and I have a couple of points I would be happy to discuss.

Iron Fists’ story is about him realising  that he, Danny Rand, is as privileged as all hell. He is a rich white dude, there is no demographic more free of strife and struggle than this. A huge part of him becoming Iron Fist is realising what such privilege blinds him to and does to those less fortunate than him everywhere . Becoming humble and actually trying to do what he can to make the world a better place for everyone. If he was Asian this whole arc would be diminished significantly.

Another important part of the story is about him being an outsider to K’un-Lun. Danny is the first (or second depending on what you consider cannon) non Chinese Iron Fist. A fact that causes many, including his best friend to turn on him. They see him as the outsider the foreigner and a thief. They don’t care that he earned the Iron Fist via the trial they all failed and his succeeding had nothing to do with him being an outsider. Nope. He has a different skin colour therefore any achievement he makes is invalid and evil. And in fact on many levels Danny agrees with them, he doesn’t really know if he deserves the Iron Fist because he IS an outsider. He feels guilty that his best friend was driven down a path of hatred because he succeeded where his friend failed, the fact he is an outsider always eats at him and keeps a level of uncertainty in him. Now I admit one could argue this plot point would work if he was an Asian American, and I absolutely agree. But I would counter that it wouldn’t be as meaningful.

Some may also argue, “hey Luke Cage was awesome and embraced black culture and heritage, why couldnt they do that here?” to which I reply hell yeah it did but while Luke Cage has always been about being a black american fighting crime in harlem soaked in all the beautiful culture that makes it what it is, to make a series anything different would be pathetic and offensive

Iron fist isn’t a story about an Asian American discovering his lost ancient badass kung fu roots and consolidating his Chinese and American heritage to become a stronger individual. That is Shang-Chi’s story (to most extents) and I would watch the hell out of that show. Iron Fist is about checking the most ultimate of privileges, feeling like an outsider, mystical king fu and being  an adorkable hero.

So in summation, give the show a chance. Don’t disregard something on account of the lead actors race. If you want to argue with me and talk about my points I’d be happy to start a dialogue. Thoughts?

anonymous asked:

Isn't it messed up how arden cho is korean but shes playing a japanese girl in tw???? Like I think so??? O.0

I think Teen Wolf has tried their best to be sensitive to this— they stated that Kira is Korean-Japanese (after the backstory that Ken Yukimura is Korean like the actor, Tom Choi). It would be great if they could explore Kira’s Korean background in the story as well, but I think they have other priorities (We’ve never even heard Scott speak Spanish, which is an outrage. C’mon.) 

It’s a fairly common practice in media for Asian-American actors and actresses to play a background that is not their own. Getting cast in any role— TV, film, movies, commercials— remember that these people are trying to make a living, and know that getting parts = paying the rent, and also getting more parts adds to their filmography and acting credentials, and also means a character of color on screen. 

Yes, Hollywood has a diversity problem, and actors who are trying for roles are constantly struggling with this. The industry, the people who write the scripts, produce the movies, cast the roles— they create the characters, and the actors try their best to get the part. 

I think certain roles are amazing opportunities, and the actor has to think, can I play this part with sensitivity? If I don’t try out for this part will they give it to a white actor? 

Right now there are so few roles out there for Asian actors, especially roles that aren’t extras, roles that aren’t stereotypes. How often are those roles going to go in depth to portray cultural details/ languages, too? There are specifics, like I would definitely raise an eyebrow if I saw on a film they have a character speak a language that they weren’t fluent in (and the role expected them to be fluent), but I’d have to say right now the pickings are pretty slim and the actors are doing their best.

Constance Wu, who plays Jessica Huang on Fresh off the Boat (which also stars a number of Asian and Asian-American actors of different ethnic backgrounds to play a Taiwanese family) says:

I wouldn’t say that just visibility is important. I would say visibility as the stars of a show is important. That says that our stories matter. We’re not here to do the taxes of the white person, or to be the chipper best friend to the white person. It’s important to see Asians in those leading roles because it changes what I’m calling the anglo-heteronormative status of TV. [Imagine] that a producer says, “Guy and girl meet-cute at an ice skating rink. They fall in love, but then she has to move away.” If you say that to anyone, including an Asian person, you picture a white person because that’s what’s become normative to us. (Time Magazine, 2/10/2015)

Constance in this article says she’s not here to represent every Asian mom in the US. And she doesn’t have to. And Arden doesn’t have to represent every Korean girl, or Japanese girl. She just plays one, and she plays it beautifully. And this one story is important, because it is one of many different stories, that there can be diverse life experiences within Asian-Americans as well as the myriad ones that are told on TV already. 

anyway um don’t discount how important talia’s chinese heritage is to her identity– same goes for ra’s and damian honestly. both of her parents are of arabic and chinese descent, even if ra’s’ is not exactly explored, and to erase it from either of them would be pretending like it doesnt exist at all. asian women are erased from media constantly and i won’t play with that bullshit here, thanks.

ok, so i mentioned i was thinking about racism in the fandom and just in general for the entire morning. even on the train, i didn’t take a nap cause i was thinking hahaha.

anyways, it’s regarding the fancasting issue, especially regarding lardo and chowder??? so like i’m singaporean-chinese and i’m super proud of my singaporean and chinese heritage, but ultimately, i am singaporean. lemme tell you, if you said a singaporean chinese is from mainland chinese, we would so damn offended. like why the fuck did you erase our singaporean heritage?? and if you compare malaysian-chinese and singaporean-chinese, there’s a lot of argument as well, and nobody in singapore wants to be mistaken as a malaysian, AND WE’RE NEIGHBOURS? WE WERE THE SAME NATION FOR AWHILE?? but we’re so offended if you mistake us for one another. i’m sure hong kong chinese don’t wanna be known as singaporean chinese as well.

so what i meant to say, we don’t want you to mistake or erase a part of an integral part of our identity. so yes, at the core of it, chowder is chinese and lardo is vietnamese. but they’re also americans!!!!!!! don’t erase part of their american identity, they grew up in the united states, it’s part of their identity. and of course, please don’t…. misidentify their race, be vigilant, don’t……… FANCAST CHOWDER AS A K-POP STAR?? IT MAKES ME LAUGH SO MUCH LMAO. 

Why white-passing privilege is not white privilege to me

In the country I grew up in, I was seen as Chinese. When I moved to East Asia, things were flipped upside-down and now the majority of people saw me as white. There were still a few who could tell I was mixed race, but it did not happen often. Despite having white-passing privilege in East Asia, I still did not have white privilege because…

- White people never got rejected for jobs for native English speakers because of their very Chinese surnames and middle names.

- White people were wholeheartedly embraced and welcomed as local people enthusiastically set out to teach them about their culture, no one ever mentioning their race. I, on the other hand, had people going out of their way to constantly remind me I am `just white’ yet looked down on for not knowing certain cultural things. I was criticised for not knowing, but no one ever offered to help me like they help white people. White people were not held to the same standards as me.

- I learnt Mandarin as an adult, like a lot of white people there. Even though my Mandarin was excellent, I was rarely complimented and was even told of course it is good because of my Chinese father (but then I would be speaking Cantonese… which I don’t know anyway). My achievements were pretty much brushed aside in comparison to white people’s.

- While white people I knew were worshipped for their language skills after saying `hello’, I was often scolded for `not knowing enough’. White people are amazing with basic Mandarin and I am always seen as sub-par unless I am perfectly fluent.

- Friends who wanted English advice would not ask me: the native English speaker with qualifications to teach English as a second language and even to improve the English of native speakers… They would rather ask the white person whose native language is NOT English.

- White people I knew never got treated like the tag-along translator in groups of white people. Despite this, the same person who just assumed I was a local would insist I was not Chinese when I revealed my background.

- White people had plenty of stories about being randomly helped by strangers. I only remember this happening to me when I was with other white people. Never when I was alone.

- When I was with other white people chatting to locals, sometimes my racial background would come up. Afterwards people would seemingly lose all interest in conversing with me and get back to the white people.

You might be thinking maybe I’m not as white-passing as I think, but most people defaulted to English when speaking to me and would always be asking me if I’m from America (America=white people there). I can only think of one instance when I spoke to a stranger and they asked if I’m overseas Chinese and I lived there for three years. People always denied my Chinese heritage and kept telling me I am only white, I am a white person, I am more white than anything else, etc. Basically the same message over and over, but rehashed slightly.

I was simultaneously seen as a white foreigner and had expectations placed on me based on my Chinese heritage. That is not white privilege. But it was white-passing privilege because, in many cases, I received privilege based on people THINKING I was white. They were taken away once people knew or guessed I was a mixed Chinese person. Even the people who denied I was Chinese STILL treated me differently after knowing! White people do not have any privileges removed once people know they are 100% white. White privilege is a constant, but white-passing privilege can be taken away at any time.


“First rule of magic: always he the smartest person in the room.”

Now You See Me 2 the settle to the surpringly good first movie is directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2, GIJOE 2) and written by Ed Solomon (Bill & Ted, Now You See Me, Men in Black, Charlie’s Angels, Super Mario Bros). Let me get this out of my system now… It should have been called, Now You Don’t! But I understand that would completely fly over any audience members who haven’t seen and like the first movie. Well, for those of you who haven’t seen it, it is essentially a comedy action thriller about a group of performance magicians (like Chris Angel and David Blaine, Lance Burton, etc.) who are paired together by a mystical calling. Each one possess their own style of magic, and together they form this apparently magical super group called, The Four Horseman. The mystery element is actually quite a fun and exciting caper, with quite the ridiculously good ending reveal. There’s no way you will catch the “tell” throughout the movie, and by the end, it’s so crazy you might not have expected it. It is a fun time, with likeable characters, I highly recommend it. I own it on Bluray, if that means anything. The sequel picks up 18 months after the ending revelation of the first, as The Four Horseman are now underground, on the run from government activity and suspicion. There demand and popularity among the public are at an all time high in success. There is one casting replacement from pretty Isla Fisher to the attractive Lizzy Caplan, as apparently Isla’s character left in the movie. The rest remain the same. It will be difficult to reveal certain plot points or criticisms without spoiling it, but I’ll do my best. An old enemy comes back into their now continued successful lives, and the magical mystery begins unraveling once more, as they need to band up with new friends to discover the secret.


- Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers, True Detective, Zombieland, No Country for Old Men, Seven Psychopaths, Triple 9, Out of the Furnace, Defendor, The People vs Larry Flynt, Kingpin, The Thin Red Line, Semi-Pro, 2012, Rampart, Hunger Games, *War on the Planet of the Apes)

- Mark Ruffalo (Collateral, Zodiac, The Avengers, Spotlight, Shutter Island, Brothers Bloom, Foxcatcher, Begin Again)

- Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland, The End of the Tour, American Ultra, Adventureland, The Double, BvS, Rio, *Cafe Society)

- Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Mean Girls, The Interview, Masters of Sex, The Night Before)

- Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Horns, Kill Your Darlings, *Swiss Army Man)

- Dave Franco (Neighbors, 21 Jump Street, Fright Night, Warm Bodies, *The Masterpiece)

- Morgan Freeman (Se7en, Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven, Gone Baby Gone, Bruce Almighty, The Dark Knight trilogy, Amistad, The Bucket List, Oblivion, Lucky Number Slevin, Olympus/London Has Fallen, Robin Hood, RED, Lucy, Outbreak)

The biggest problem I had with this accepted sequek was that it became to incomprehensible and wacky that I lost some respect and admiration. Wherein the first movie actually gave reasoning and showed parlor tricks, giving us a hint of how things occurred, a plausibility (like a magician), the sequel was blown out of proportions. Although I will give director Chu credit with infusing his Chinese heritage in placing the story in Macau, as well as giving the movie elements of Ocean’s Eleven panache and flare, the plot was very convoluted. Every magic trick has three parts as we learn in Christopher Nolan’s best film, The Prestige: the pledge, the turn, and the prestige. Now You See Me 2 succeeds in the pledge, it falters towards the end of the pledge by not allowing us to get insight and wonder, and it fails in giving us the magical Prestige. No matter how cool and suave the acting and tricks were, I was pulling at air to understand how some of them were even possible. It seems as if the universe of the movie became full on magical, and I’m okay with that for the future, I was just expecting the movie to continue its theme of Robin Hood-esque playable explainable tricks and illusions over unknown magic.


+ Main Cast

+ Woody Harrelson

+ style

+ Special Effects

+ Security check heist sequence


- Daniel Radcliffe

- Plot

- Ridiculously ludicrous at times

Although the plot was very convoluted, bouncing around the world, literally, I had a entertaining time. I feel like I had a funner time watching this movie than Warcraft. I still recommend watching the first movie, as I feel it is superior to the sequel in both strayed and style. But yes, even with a crazy very mixed character wise plot zooming from China to US, to London, etc. the actors did very well. I really liked the group as a whole, as their comraderie was very prevalent and led their pursuits. Individually they have their string suits, and together they form a much more cohesive and slick moving unit. The one downside in the acting of the man group was that they did not get the single moments to shine. The sequel does give you a 5min intro summary to catch up, but it also expects you to already be familiarized and welcoming of the Horsemen. The first movie gave them their moments to shine alone, but that’s because they had to be depicted as selfish and isolated to get the inevitable unlikely heroes banded together vibe. The rivalry between Eisenberg and Harrelson was still present as they play around with each other, mirrored to Franco’s greenhorn rookie fitting in. New entry, Lizzy Caplan does a good job at jumping in on the already close knit group. She serves as the comedic relief, and I’d say she pulled it off rather well, along with proving to be independent in no need of the men to back her up. Each of the Horsemen have their magical specialty whether it be hipnosis or card tricks or more, and each element is thrown in. On the supporting side, Mark Ruffalo brings his A game once again, proving that he can bring heart, emotion, and intensity to any role he chooses. Opposite him, Morgan Freeman surprisingly does not phone it in, as his smooth talking, one step ahead type character was legitimately fun to hear and watch. I was a hit disappointed with Daniel Radcliffe and the lack of Harry Potter inside jokes haha. His character served as the sort of antagonist billionaire baddie with infinite resources and thugs. There were elements of a lackluster Bond villain if he were to be much younger. Radcliffe didn’t really convince me, nor did he impress really. Once again, it is the Four Horsemen you want to watch, and I’d say they deliver in the entertainment field.

Some other aspects I thought note worthy, we’re the action and special effects. They looked both stylish and very cool, but like the tricks, when questioned, you don’t get an answer or possibility out of them. Some of the scenes were so out there that you just had to role with the punches this sequel preps over the initial movie. Don’t get me wrong, when the Horsemen did their acts and magic tricks, although they were legit magic at times, I had fun watching it occur (especially the card tricks). Where all these effects and magic seem to be headed is in the direction of a full out magical element underneath our known world. At this point, it seems like The Horsemen are actual magician sorcerers who can bend rules of reality. So if the likely third installment unveils the curtain and shows us the trick underneath completely and magically, I think they’d be accepted. Continuing along the path of saying they are merely illusions is not going to cut it anymore. Just go ahead and bring us the real magic, and hell, a evil sorcerer villain. It’ll be perfectly acceptable, as Dr. Strange is going to bring us back to some magicians on screen.

Overall, I had a good time with this lengthy magician comedy heist. I definetly think it is worth a watch, preferably after you watch the first movie. There are elements carried over from the first movie, but nothing that will leave you in the blind from not seeing it. Of course, you will miss the inside jokes, group mentality, and big plot twist by not seeing the first, but it is not mandatory. I’d say that Now You See Me 2 fits into the universe of the very style over logical substance of the latter Fast and the Furious. Once again, where the first movie actually allowed us to wonder and believe soon of the tricks were real, the sequel blows out all the windows and settles for anything is possible, nothing needs to be explained. With all that said, it is exciting, fun, Las Vegas cool, and has a very likeable group of characters.

7/10 & B$A