Well I finally got a chance to see Now You See Me 2! I thought that it was well thought out with the plot and perfect usage of the misdirection with the plot twist. It didn’t deliver the same type of hype from the first own, but it still carried on in a different tone.
That being said, I would like to talk about the symbolism that The Four Horsemen have when comparing their roles to The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypses. Not to be confused with the mutants from X-Men: Apocalypse.
So here we go!
But first let’s read a passage from Revelations 6. In verse 2 it reads:
“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”
Now which Horseman could this be? I believe that it is Merritt McKinney(Woody Harrelson) AKA The Hermit. Here is my reasoning as to why; he always wears a hat. That hat can be symbolism for a crown. Speaking of ‘crowns’, kings typically wear those, so this could indicate that McKinney is the King in the cards.
Let’s move on to verse 4:
“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”
I believe Lula (Lizzy Caplan) is The Red Horseman. There’s one scene where she is trying to calm the guys down when they were arguing. That is her trying to make everybody ‘peaceful’, which is a trait in The Red Horseman. Since we’re going be symbolism with the cards in the deck as well, Lula’s name means ‘princess’. Princess is royalty, thus meaning that in the cards Lula would be the Queen. I’m positive the scene where it looks like she got her head cut off is a reference to the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. “Off with her head!” Not only that scene, but the part where she pulls off the pigeons head is another reference.
Next is verse 5:
“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.”
J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) is The Black Horseman, but only because Dylan Rhodes(Mark Ruffalo) is working for the police. Now hear me out. The Black Horseman is known for holding a pair of balances in his hand. Balances can easily associated to anything that has to do with law, court, judges, etc… We get a hint close to the end of the movie that Rhodes could be training Atlas to become the new leader of The Four Horseman.
As far as a role in the card deck, Atlas is the Ace. The reason being is due to the equal ‘balance’ he has being the leader and also the follower. Much like the Ace in the cards it can be equal to a Jack, Queen and King.
Lastly… verse 8:
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”
Yes, that leaves Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) as Death. It’s really no surprise that he would be Death. His character fakes his own death in the first movie and he had to keep a low profile throughout the second until he was revealed. Another interesting reference to his role as The Pale Horseman is his relationship with Lula. She’s basically flirting with him! You could say that she is… courting Death!
Wilder is obviously the Jack in the cards. I mean his name is Jack and he really is a Jack of all traits! He is really good with his slight of hand tricks and if you remember in the first movie he was able to mimic his voice to sound like Rhodes.
You may be wondering, what role is Rhodes in this game? Well rest assured my friends he does have one, but it might not be what you think. In the beginning of the movie he is given a very specific card. And that card is The Joker or The Fool. Naturally he would be that card. He displayed being The Joker very well by making up some ridiculous story that the pigeons had something to do with The Four Horseman.
At first I thought that Rhodes was going to be The Card Holder in the game, but the real Card Holder is The Eye! Mind Blown!
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