The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Review

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**Movie Review Taken From My Personal Rotten Tomatoes Account**

Plot Details: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone follows superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, a duo who met as young bullied children who eventually become best friends over their mutual love of magic, who have been ruling the Las Vegas magic show circuit for many years. But, when a slip up incident during a daring magic trick separates them both professionally and personally, Burt is left on his own with a failing career. All the while a new hot-shot daredevil performing death-defying street acts for his show ‘Mind Rape’ named Steve Gray is stealing all the spotlight that Burt and Anton once had.
This was toted, if I’m not mistaken, as Jim Carrey’s big comeback to comedic films, and it’s not really hard to see why. A bit different from his usual repertoire of slapstick and fastly thrown puns, however it is a film, and a formula, that works in my opinion.

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The whole cast was fantastically chosen, and all gave really nice performances. You had Carell as Burt, Buscemi as Anton, Olivia Wilde as their newest partner Jane, Carrey as Steve, plus the well added additions of James Gandolfini as a money grubbing, egotistic manager, and Alan Arkin as the retired magician Rance Holloway, the man Burt looked up to as a child, and also the reasoning for him becoming a magician in the first place. It was all just wonderful, and the chemistry worked out wonderfully, especially the chemistry between Wilde and Carrell, who play off each other quite nicely.

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The script could’ve used a small bit of polishing, there were some cliches thrown left and right occasionally, but the dialogue was snappy and at time quite genuinely funny. The direction was straightforward and simple, and occasionally had some nice special effects thrown in for good measure.

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The direction was straightforward and simple, and occasionally had some nice special effects thrown in for good measure.

In conclusion, while “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is far from Carrey or Carrell’s best comedic efforts, it is a fun, and often funny, comedy that is both exciting and an attention grabber. I never felt bored one moment of watching this movie. I highly doubt this is going to be the best comedy of 2013, but it is definitely worth watching in my opinion for fans of Carrey and Carrell, and also fans of Alan Arkin. I recommend.

My Rating: 8/10

Thanks for Reading!

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2 thoughts on “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Review

  1. CMrok93 says:

    In all honesty, the only times I really laughed during this movie was whenever Carrey showed up. Or that one “I’m Sorry” scene between Carell and Buscemi, but only because it really seemed like they were given free-reign to do whatever the hell it was that they wanted to do. That made me laugh, but that was about it. Good review.

    • Perhaps my labeling of this movie as ‘pretty funny’ was a tad misleading, I laughed occasionally off and on but the chemistry between Carrey and Carrell is what I really enjoyed. Thanks for commenting, Dan.

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