Coming to theatres this Friday from director Don Scardino and New Line Cinema comes a little bit of magic in the life of THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE.
This film tells the story of Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and his best friend Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi). Meeting as young kids they both found a love of magic that took them into adulthood and on the Vegas strip. After many years of success things are beginning to change.
Street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) is doing magic like people haven’t seen before. With a growing audience from his cable show, hotel owner Doug Munny (James Gandolfini) is taking notice. In fact, opening a new hotel Munny offers up a challenge for magicians to decide who will open!
The friendship in trouble, Burt ends up on the street where he stays with Jane (Olivia Wilde), a young woman who also loves magic. Burt finds a job at the local seniors home where he meets Rance Holloway (Alan Arkin), the man responsible for Burt’s love of magic.
Burt must be knocked down a few pegs in order to rise up once again!
FINAL WORD: Carell as Burt Wonderstone is hysterical in itself! Here he gets the chance to be flamboyant, flashy, a little self-centered, egotistical and make it very funny. There isn’t anything Carell does that I don’t like and this proves why. Even when he’s being an egotistical brat he is still charming and only Carell can get away with that.
Buscemi is charming in another way as Marvelton. There is such simplicity to his character that is absolutely sweet. Now here is an actor who can be the most brutal character ever (see FARGO), a boss without a conscience (see BOARDWALK EMPIRE), or a psycho with a smile (see CON AIR) so this role had to be a silly festival!
Wilde as Jane is the anchor for all the characters. She gets a chance to do a little magic but mainly keeping the peace between Burt, Anton and street magician Steve. Gandolfini as Munny is not new to this type of role as a sleazy character but who cares, he got paid right? Arkin, coming off the successful Oscar winning film ARGO, gets a chance to be funny with simple magic and a character that says it like it is with no filter.
Carrey as Steve Gray is disgusting, ridiculous, pompous, and did I say disgusting? Okay, even with all of that his character had me laughing. Even though the role has him playing third or even fourth fiddle it doesn’t stop the audience from loving his antics.
Other cast include: Jay Mohr as Rick the Implausible, Michael Herbig as Lucius Belvedere, Brad Garrett as Dom and David Cooperfield as, well, David Copperfield.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This film is really funny but not in an overly trying-to-hard way. Instead the script flows allowing the audience to really get the jokes and the subtle undertones.
This is a fun film for the family to go see. There really isn’t anything to offend anyone or scare kids, which is a magic feat in itself. Although Film Brat wanted more of Carrey that’s more of a personal want since she is a huge fan. We both loved the film and had a good time repeating funny lines. That’s always a good sign!
In the end – it is abracatastic!
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