Prepare yourself for more magic! More special effects! More tricks and traps and stylistic speech and twists of plot! If you liked the first one you're bound to like this. If not, well... I'm not sure this one has anything different to contribute. The effects are grander - the magic is grander, but on the other hand the characters seem a bit more lacking in a depth than they did last time around, and what started as a clean and professional plot gets messy quick. But it does go full circle, and this time we do get closure.
I feel like it could've been a bit more polished, and the plot's full of loose ends; not always directed with the most possible clarity. I watched it, but I liked it more because of the characters and their charm than because of the story this time around. And then of course - the magic! I'm not sure I caught all of that this time around.
It's flashy. It's effectual. Just the intro is a world in itself. It's not a perfect movie in any area, but I wouldn't mind watching it again just for the illusions and effects. It's a feast for both eye and mind. Good watch.
rated 3/5: not bad