Movie Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Prinz Lee wrote this review 4 years ago
Comedic, magical powers courtesy of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell is what levitates this dragnet, weak-written piece.
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Vegas Strip for years, pumping in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s ego. But as of late the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly having grown to hate each other. Facing cutthroat competition from hard-core, street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following erupts hard and bigger with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look weak, old, and completely done! Confronted with challenges even they can’t free themselves from, Burt and Anton fend off issues in and out of their lives, aiming at one more shot at the glitz and glamour that is the Vegas throne!
With a transparent message about being careful what you wish for, and appreciating what you have, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” could have been a much better film considering it re-teams “Bruce Almighty” antagonists Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.
Living up to their respective roles, see-saw pacing, lack of some character development and story keeps this film grounded for long periods of time. Banking much on uncertain idiocy from characters trying to make sense of their own objectives, its scarce hilarious antics, dialog, and TRUE comedic appeal makes this movie somewhat enjoyable and totally wishful writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley would have focused on, the way they successfully did with “Horrible Bosses.”
The mocking of magicians we know of today based on gimmicks, aura, and handling of crowds are easily depicted in the film. Steve Gray’s outrageous behavior being the David Blaine, while Burt Wonderstone gives off more of a David Copperfield (who’s in the film), Kris Angel type, blended with a little Siegfriend and Roy alongside Anton with a dazzling, flamboyant look.
Costarring Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, & James Gandolfini “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” pulls quite the disappearing act as quick as it embarks on the film’s plot. IN one moment, GONE the next, leaving wonder if in-fact you were made to believe you were actually watching a film, when you really weren’t – it’s magic. With a chuckle here, a “lol” there, then POOF, credit roll…it hurts to know a film smeared with so much talent turned out to be as lousy as the magic performed by our fathers or grandfathers!