The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Film Review)

Mar 23, 2013
I will never look Criss Angel or David Blaine the same way again after seeing this movie.
It's been a long time since I watched a magic-themed movie or TV show. Having seen the likes of David Copperfield (he had a surprising cameo in this film) and David Blaine, or even the infamous Magic's Biggest Secrets series, blew the hell out of me growing up from my childhood. The best thing about magic shows is to entertain audiences with awe and surprises for our imagination. But when Nolan began making films and played his greatest trick yet with The Prestige, it took the theme into another level, and shows the audiences that you can do anything with magic that keeps it entertaining and very impressively great. In this newest offering by Warner Bros. Pictures, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" magic goes into a different form. In a comedy. Well, is it any great? Read my review after the jump.

Big time magician duo Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton had paved the way to success in the entertainment business for the last 10 years, and playing the exact same magic over and over repeatedly. But all things very successful must come down, when dark, crazed street trickster Steve Gray rises in the magic industry, and leaving Wonderstone and Marvelton to destroy their career -- and their friendship. Will be a chance for Burt and Anton to save the act, on stage and off??

I had mixed reactions for "Burt Wonderstone". I'm on a midst of liking this movie and hating it a little bit. But first things first, the positive. What I liked about The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is that it had the whole package you would love. I mean you have magic, comedy, and terrific actors combined in one movie. The humor in this movie is good. I chuckled a few times, mostly on the Jim Carrey scenes and the final act of the film (still makes me laugh to be honest).

Performances were fine. There's nothing great about it actually. Steve Carell did a fine job as Burt Wonderstone. The first half of the film kept me on hating his character for how douchebag he is. But as the film progresses, you'll kinda know him personally and liking it. Steve Buscemi was also good. What disappoints me a bit as a lack of character development in his character. They just showed a few snippets just to let audiences know what's happening. But to be truthful about it, his character was very forgettable. Nice seeing him being back though. Olivia Wilde was smokingly hot in this movie. I just never laid an eyes to an actress like this. Her suiting as a cheerleader and a blue dress in this film, made a big plus for me (well not sounding a bit pervert, he was attractive here). Jim Carrey, oh Jim Carrey. He was amazing in this movie. I've been a fan of him, from Dumb and Dumber -- to the Ace Ventura ventures, he was the best comedian living. And this film, proves even more that he needs more film in the coming years.

Now the negative. The film felt very long. I don't know but it's only a 1 1/2 hour movie because of the pacing they did for this one. The characters were not developed very well and was treated very badly. Some scenes were even unnecessary. And some expectations will disappoint you, an example like a confrontation between Carell and Carey in one scene. Again, it was never treated that well and I that turns down for me. Not going in-depth in this review but it's time to say bye bye for me. I'm wrapping this review up.

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is comedy and magic at its best. Despite the lack of character development and specialism in most of the scenes, in the end it was a satisfying comedy.

The geek rates it 7.8/10. I will be back for more reviews including G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' is rated PG-13 and now showing in theaters nationwide.

Shoutouts to the guys from Warner Bros. for bringing this film here!

For now, why not check this trailer for 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone':

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