The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Review
Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) has been performing magic since childhood. When he grows to be an adult, he will rule Las Vegas with his partner Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi). But Wonderstone's ego gets the best of him, and along with newcomer magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) Wonderstone loses everything. When I say everything, I mean his friends, his woman, his wealth, his career. He has to discover what made him fall in love with magic in the first place, if he is ever to return to glory.
When a comedy features Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi, one must believe that it will be a stitch. However, that is not the case here. I can tell you that Jim Carrey is very funny. I think Carrey overall has had a stellar year. He was great in this and he was great in his brief time in "Kick-Ass 2." He's still got the talent to be awesome and I do not believe he should be so underrated in this point of his career. I couldn't get over that Carell was surprisingly dull in this. He doesn't generate even a smile from me the whole time I watched this movie. That was the most surprising thing about "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," lots of actors I really like populate this story, and none of their efforts really did much for me.
As good as Jim Carrey is, his character is very strange...to say the least. Apparently in this new age of magic, people enjoy magic tricks involving laying on hot coals, cutting his face open, and seemingly crushing a small puppy. As well as Carrey sells all of it, one must ask: How is this suppose to be funny? It almost seemed like screenwriters John Francis Daley Jonathon Goldstein didn't even try. It almost seemed like the screenwriters didn't really care about the other characters, or focusing on making them funny.
Even actors like Alan Arkin and Olivia Wilde are not used to proper use, and that is just sad all around. I guess the crew did not understand the strengths their actors possessed, or they did and chose to ignore them. The result is a mostly unfunny and tedium effort by a bunch of funny people.
FINAL GRADE: D-