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THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE review

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 6:00 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a comedy featuring over-the-top characters, great performances, a snappy script, AND magic. The film will be as polarizing as a Will Farrell film, with some thinking it is a comedic masterpiece and others will hate it out of principle. But those haters will miss a very fun and fast paced film that doesn’t suffer the down time that plagues other comedies.

The-Incredible-Burt-Wonderstone-Poster-006Snack-Size Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone features a showdown between classic Vegas magic, and the modern Mind Blowing style of today’s illusionists. Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi represent the old guard, but it’s Jim Carrey as the antagonistic Chris Angel wannabe who steals the film while performing magic on his show “The Mind Rapist”. The film flows incredibly well, and it does not feel long at 100 minutes, but it seems to be holding back at times.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone follows Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) from children discovering magic to Vegas headliners. They go from bully fodder to the kings of the strip with their show “Burt and Anton: A Magical Friendship”. After 10 years though their show is getting stale and their audience is leaving for the next big thing in magic. Enter Steve Gray (JIm Carrey), a street magician who performs over the top, painful, and sometimes disgusting magic on his show, “Mind Rapist”. When casino owner Doug Munny (James Gandolfini) announces he is opening a new super hotel, he hosts a talent show with the winner receiving a 5-year headlining gig at the casino. After a falling out between Burt and Anton threatens to end the partnership forever it is up to their magician’s assistant Jane (Olivia Wilde) and their childhood magician mentor Rance Halloway, played inspiredly by Alan Arkin, to remind them of why they got into magic and how they can reclaim their title as top magicians.

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Everyone in the cast has brought their A-game, and while Jim Carrey and Alan Arkin steal the show with their antics everyone lights up the screen. Steve Carell walks the razor’s edge between mimicking Ben Stiller or Will Farrell and creating a memorable new character, but never falls into the trap of becoming too unlikable. His growth in the film is what the story is all about, and because Carell is such a likable guy you are more than happy to give him another chance. His antithesis in every sense of the word is Jim Carrey. A ‘magician” not content with standard big illusions, concocts spectacles that have less to do with magic and focus more on pain. Things like not blinking for 24 hours, holding his urine for a week, and his amazing final trick that I would not dare ruin The-Incredible-Burt-Wonderstone_poster4PPPhere. Alan Arkin settles into familiar territory as the supporting role that steals every scene he’s in. Whether he is ruining Burt’s show by telling the audience how he is doing his tricks or taking his final curtain call, if Arkin is in the scene you’re in for a treat. The rest of the cast also does a fine job, with a special shout out to minor player Rick the Implausible played by Jay Mohr. His part is small, but Mohr proves that there are no small roles.

The finale is worth the price of admission alone, with Burt & Anton and Steve Gray showcasing their greatest trick to win the headliner gig at the new casino. I won’t ruin either trick, but both will leave you laughing out loud. The decadence of Vegas is also on full display as Burt is living fast and loose with his money and fame. His room even features an octuple king-size bed that can easily sleep a dozen adults that he fills every night. His bimbo of choice on the night we get to see is Gillain Jacobs (Community), she gets the time of her life, and a commemorative photo to boot.

The biggest fault I could find with the film is that it seemed to want to go further, but pulls back at times. I don’t know if they were afraid of going to far, but at times I feel like they didn’t go far enough. Especially when you have a cast that is clearly willing to take risks. It’s a small complaint, but it is worth mentioning.

the_incredible_burt_wonderstone1-e1356361883696So in the end The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a fun film well worth the price of admission. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe when Steve Gray pulls things from his body. If you’re looking for a fun date movie you could definitely do a lot worse.

Snackbar’s grade : B

Have you seen it? Let us know what you thought of it in the comment section below.

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    • Mike

      I saw it last night. I'd give it a B- I agree that they help back at times, and that it ends well with the final tricks.

      • Snackbar

        Glad you liked it. It's one of those movies that you know from the trailer whether you'll like it or not.

    • Erika

      This movie looks so bad. It's funny you gave it such a favorable review, most people seem to not care for it. Nice review otherwise, almost made me want to watch it.

      • Snackbar

        Comedy is so subjective. What one person finds funny, another person may not. If you liked the over-the-top Ben Stiller or Will Farrell films you'll leave this film with a big grin. Glad you liked the review. I knew going into the review that I'd be going against the grain, but I feels lot of reviews are just going with the status quo to avoid looking dumb. But looking dumb has never been a problem for me. 🙂

    • James

      Caught the first showing if the day. B- Carrey saves it from beings C+. His antics are the best. Plus Olivia Wilde is HOT!!!

    • Felicia

      The critics are off their rockers. If you liked Dodgeball, Zoolamder, Blades of Glory, Talladega Nights, and Anchorman you'll love this. A/A-

    • Felicia

      Zoolander, stupid droid!!!

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