Magic Magic Movie Review

Simon Rother

6-Magic-Magic-Sebastian-SIlvaThe excellent Michael Cera (“Superbad”; “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World”) stars in Sebastián Silva’s suspense film, “Magic Magic”. He plays an unbelievable role in this movie, but it doesn’t live up to his great acting.

Alicia (Juno Temple; “The Dark Knight Rises”; “Killer Joe”) moves to Chili to join her cousin. However, things turn sour as soon as she gets there. She is forced to pass time with her cousin’s socially odd friends, one (Cera) seemingly obsessed with her, yet creating an awkward feeling after anything he says. What seems like harmless advances and socially odd games take darker twists and turns for Alicia.

We are all used to Michael Cera’s hilarious performances in such movies as “Superbad” and “This Is The End”. However, Cera shows us that he can very well perform under very different circumstances and as a very different character. Not only does he create a social awkwardness with the characters on-screen, he does the same with the atmosphere for those watching him. He is absolutely brilliant in the movie, creating a very good first half for this film. And that’s pretty much where it stops at; the first half.

Unfortunately, the second half of the movie is very disappointing. Where the movie becomes much more obscure and could have surprised us in numerous potential ways… it doesn’t. To top the whole substandard second half of the movie off, an even more unsatisfactory ending forced me to leave the Fantasia Festival (where I screened the movie) theatre rather pissed off.

I give this movie a 2 stars out of a possible 5, and that’s only because of Michael Cera’s amazing performance. Seeing his performance, then witnessing this horrendous ending is like seeing a new, delicious burger and anticipating its delicious taste… until you bite into it and realize it’s tofu.

2 / 5 stars     


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      1. William Armentrout December 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        Magic Magic was a pile…

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          Horror-Movies.ca December 31, 2013 at 9:12 pm

          Simon who wrote the review seems to agree with you William Armentrout :)

      2. Tiffany Garcia December 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

        Seen it wasnt scary at all only reason i watched it cuz I Love tht guy from Super Bad pluz it said Horror Movie, had sum good parts but not too Great of a Movie!

      3. William Armentrout December 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm

        I watched it some months ago…unlike the reviewer, I found Cera’s performance to be very annoying. I liked Temple in Killer Joe, but wasn’t impressed with her performance in MM either.

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          Horror-Movies.ca December 31, 2013 at 9:32 pm

          Killer Joe was such a polished and messed up movie!

        • Simon Rother January 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm

          William: I saw it in the month of July at Montreal’s Fantasia Festival. However, due to circumstances, my article was sent recently.

      4. Jessica Jordan December 31, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        This movie sucked

      5. William Armentrout December 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm

        I will always think of Killer Joe when I see KFC…

      6. Ashley Rider December 31, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        Bad movie and bad acting. Not to mention the story was terrible

      7. Dana Hill December 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        I didn’t like Magic Magic at all. But Killer Joe is one of my favorites!

      8. Steve Davis December 31, 2013 at 11:02 pm

        That movie sucked so bad

      9. Jamie Robertson December 31, 2013 at 11:03 pm

        Magic Magics trailer was very deceiving. It made me think it’d be in the vein of the good son, but no. Cera was just an annoying, childish foreigner…that was it. Fuck that movie!

      10. Derrick Carey January 1, 2014 at 2:45 am

        The trailer looked awful.

      11. Greg Johnson January 1, 2014 at 2:55 am

        The movie is awful.

      12. Katie W January 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        This movie was just ridiculous. Waiting for the punchline. Never never was there one. Love Cera. But his acting was even bad. Unless that was suppose to be his his character annoying.