There are few subjects that will bring back all the awkward memories of my middle school days, but the one always gauranteed to, is magic. That’s because I am a dork of the first order and made more than a few dollars cutting ropes up at parties and putting them back together again.
But I never would have had the dedication or guts to do what the kids in Make Believe do. The documentary chronicles the lives of six teenagers as they prepare for a huge magic competition in Las Vegas. They come from all over the world, but they’re all outsiders.
And only one of them can win.
Check out the trailer for yourself:
It gets real there at the end, right?
This feels a bit like they’ve followed the Spellbound model to the letter. I’m sure we’ll see plenty of background on each of the teens, we’ll be given reasons to cheer for all of them, and we’ll have our hearts sink when something terrifyingly awkward happens.
That last shot is perfect. The kid wants to say something bad ass, but he just can’t manage to deliver it with full-on gusto because he’s a nervous teenager who’s all gangly limbs and imperfection. And yet, still, something tells me that he’s going to bring the damned house down.
Make Believe hits select theaters on May 1st, and I want to watch it right now.
Would you go see it?