Magic Magic (2013) – A Weird Movie that will Leave you Confused and Uneasy
Category: Psychological Thriller
Actors: Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Michael Cera, Agustín Silva, Catalina Sandina Moreno
Duration: 98 min
Long Story Short:
The Story evolves around Alicia (Juno Temple) – an emotionally fragile young woman, who visits her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) in Chile. Together with Sarah’s boyfriend Agustín (Agustín Silva), Agustín’s sister Barbara (Catalina Sandina Moreno), and their very strange friend Brink (Michael Cera) they travel to the countryside. But things aren’t as pleasant as they are supposed to be, and especially Brink turns out to be very insensitive and doesn’t show any sympathy for Alicia retentiveness. What was meant to be a relaxing vacation for Alicia soon turns into a horrifying experience.
Magic Magic is often advertised as a horror movie, however, I would say it’s more of a psychological thriller with a very dark and intense undertone. Juno Temple is giving a master performance, her acting is on point and very disturbing. Michael Cera plays this psycho, who shows not only anti-social but also sadistic tendencies, and everyone was wondering if he would be able to portray a character like Brink. I think he did great, but at the same time, he annoyed the living hell out of me. The camerawork is stunning, and the landscape shots are beautiful.
The movie starts very strong and interesting, but leaves you clueless not only until the end, but even past that. There is absolutely no conclusion, the audience is completely left in the dark, and even though the tension and suspense rises it turns out to be a thick cloud of confusion. It seems like someone came up with a good idea but ran out of time to write a satisfying ending. So let’s just end it somehow, because at the end of the day indie movies are supposed to keep you guessing and that’s what makes them artistic. Not true.
Furthermore, character development is hardly existing, and even if Juno Temple convinced with her performance, I couldn’t relate to her character because I didn’t know enough about her.
Magic Magic is not a bad movie but towards the end there are just too many questions unanswered, which might be very unsatisfying.
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