The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Movie Review

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" promises to be a frolicking good time not with Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey rolled into one film. The outcome isn't as simple as that though. While the film turns out to be a wickedly good time (especially contriving against the obvious extremities of magic and street magic in particular), the actual output isn't as incredible and magical as we expected but enough to keep our interest the whole time.

Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip with their magic show, "The Incredible Burt & Anton: A Magical Friendship", for years. But lately, the duo's success is on hold as both men begin to loath each other with Burt's growing ego being a problem and their magic show being outdone by a guerilla street magician named Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) whose outlandish tricks and stunts make Burt and Anton's show look stale. Fortunately, for both, they can still save their act, both on and off stage, if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" delivers on its promise to be funny - really funny. In this regard, the film delivers wonderfully. Surprisingly (or probably not), the two lead actors actually take a back seat against Jim Carrey and his supporting character Steve Gray. Let's just say that this is classic Jim Carrey strutting his stuff and his character's "brain-rape" tricks still linger in our minds until now. He alone is worth the ticket price in our opinion. But Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi isn't far behind from Carrey's performance. They too bring their own unique take on old-school magic's idiosyncrasies but not as good as Carrey's scenes. Unfortunately, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" stumbles hard with its predictable and unoriginal plot. Whatever creativity oozed out from its endless "magic" scenes, the film did reverse in the story department. Overall, if you want wicked laughs without much after thought then "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" will float your boat.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- Jim Carrey was just incredible
- this turned out to be a really funny film

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- story takes a back seat

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