The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
Running Time: 100 minutes

Photo Credit: New Line Cinema
Photo Credit: New Line Cinema

Directed by: Don Scardino
Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey

The film follows magicians Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) who headlined a Las Vegas show for years. However, they become disillusioned with routine and forget why they become magicians in the first place. Gradually the pair grows apart with fame and money, and in comes their competitor, a street magician, Steve Gray (Carrey). Gray gains a following after various outrageous stunts, which is when Burt and Anton realize that their show is losing its appeal. So, to save their act, Burt and Anton try to take on Gray with an outrageous stunt of their own.

Photo Credit: New Line Cinema
Photo Credit: New Line Cinema

With the trio such as Carell, Buscemi and Carrey, it’s expected that the film will be a comedy and it delivered. With Jim Carrey’s usual slapstick moments and insane facial expressions, he did a hilarious job on mocking street performers like Criss Angel and David Blaine. While Carell had quite an interesting character compared to his usual roles, he had an opportunity to play a character that had more than just being an awkward and/or geeky guy. Buscemi fitted right in as Carell’s sidekick. While Olivia Wilde was quite a treat as Anton and Burt’s assistant and admirer.

I quite enjoyed the film even with its simple and predictable storyline. The mocking of the few famous magicians was priceless. There were several notable actors in this film as well such as the late James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin which was a treat to watch. Overall, if you’re looking for a simple, kind of old school comedy, or just some entertainment to pass time you can give this film a try.

Rating: 6 out of 10


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