Screen Gems Movie Reviews with Kennie Bass. You'll find it First On Fox!
March 15, 2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Studio: New Line Cinema Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language.
A once successful magician faced with personal difficulties, career chaos and a new rival must find a way to reinvent himself and grab the spotlight again.
Steve Carell stars as the title character in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." As a child, he turns to magic to escape bullying and discovers a new and powerful way to transform himself. Teaming up with his childhood friend Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), together they embark on a journey that takes them to Las Vegas.
They make millions and rule the strip for years. But their relationship starts to fray. A challenge by a new kind of street performer names Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) puts additional strain on their careers. When a big stunt goes wrong their partnership crumbles and Burt is on his own.
With no one to help him, Burt soon finds himself on his own. With no job and no money because of bad investments he searches for a way to stay on top. But Gray is only getting more famous and he keeps the pressure on.
With the talents of its three main stars, along with a supporting cast which includes Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a pleasant comedy, even though it's a bit predictable.
Carell's egotistical magician is clueless as to how others see him and that's a big part of the joke. His journey to self-discovery and finding what made him love magic in the first place moves the story along.
Buscemi is fine as Burt's partner but he's not given very much to do. He's relegated to reacting to Burt's increasingly distant behavior and is eventually forced to leave. Only when Burt hits rock bottom can Anton honestly deal with him.
Wilde is beautiful and charming as Jane, an aspiring magician stuck as Burt's assistant. She also helps the former star learn the error of his ways. And Arkin steals every scene he's in as the veteran mage Rance Holloway. It's his VHS tape about magic sparks Burt's interest as a child.
Finally, Carrey is a standout as the magician whose tricks resemble the real life work of David Blaine and Criss Angel. His mocking portrayal is dark and funny. He does a great job as Burt's nemesis.
This movie made me laugh. It doesn't drag and I enjoyed the way everything wraps up. It's not great, but at least its entertaining.
On my rating scale, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" earns a DOUBLE.
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