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sunflies -> Did we watch the same film? (16/3/2013 11:53:53 PM)

I don't think the tone is inconsistent, and I think it does a fine job of spinning the various plates in terms of Burt's relationships with/to the other characters.
It's not a world-beating classic, but it's a good solid bit if entertainment that keeps you interested for its running time. It's not particularly quotable like Anchorman or even Blades of Glory, but as a movie in that sort of vein, it's a 3.5. Pushed, it'll have to make do with a 3.
At least the biggest laughs are saved for the film and not spent in the trailer.

eddieryan -> RE: Did we watch the same film? (17/3/2013 2:54:53 PM)

Hear hear @sunflies

Whistler -> The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (17/3/2013 3:50:44 PM)

I didn't have time to notice inconsistencies in tone because I was laughing too much. As far as I'm concerned, as a comedy, it works a treat.

tysmuse -> but it has laughs! (17/3/2013 5:54:23 PM)

I laughed more often than both those terrible adam sandler movies last year - one of which was given three stars!? - so by that paradigm this gets:

filmigos -> RE: but it has laughs! (18/3/2013 11:51:59 PM)

Ya know, it turned out to be funnier than I thought. Sure, it was typical Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, but they made it work. Right now it has 2 RENTAL votes over at

SarahBanks195 -> RE: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (19/3/2013 11:34:35 AM)

This film was ok funny, but not laugh out loud

However I agreed with this review

In regards to Jim Carrey - He has really kind of taken a nose dive to his leading man comedy status in films and would be nice to see him take on a more leading role than a supporting role

TheMightyBlackout -> What's in there? Only what you take with you... (20/3/2013 12:05:56 AM)

When it works, it's chucklesome at best. When it doesn't, it's painful. Burt Wonderstone almost shrugs its shoulders and asks "…well, what were you expecting?" And it has a point. This crudely applied slapstick of torn-trousers and drillbits-to-the-head is exactly what I expected.
In its own sub-par way, it delivers. I mean, it doesn't deliver much, but it never promised it.

Hood_Man -> RE: What's in there? Only what you take with you... (21/3/2013 11:44:31 PM)

It was ok. I kind of wish they'd really performed the magic tricks just for that added thrill, rather than cgi saltshakers and doves for example. It feels like "Let's make a comedy about magicians," rather than "I love magic, let's make a comedy about it!"

But it is very funny at times, Jim Carrey especially.

filmigos -> RE: What's in there? Only what you take with you... (24/3/2013 6:32:36 PM)

My friend walked out after 40 mins. Yet he still voted RENT on my site. Go ahead and vote what you think. I still sort of liked it. I'm the other person who voted RENT.

Phubbs -> RE: Sexist and boring, Burt Wonderstone is a waste of time (19/4/2013 5:27:42 AM)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Has Jim Carrey has had his big moment in the limelight? he's taking on ensemble roles lately, no pivotal lead star vehicles anymore?. As for Carell this could be his best film to date, a sweet sincere performance which is a change from his usual tomfoolery in various naff wasted projects.

This film is a mixture of two things really, on one hand we have yet another film about magic, this time a light hearted comedy. On the other hand, at times, it does ever so slightly cross over to that 'frat pack' type of comedy and you half expect Wilson or Farrell to pop up, luckily its not that outrageous.

A simple concept about two traditional razzle dazzle Vegas magicians that fall out after many years together. Then to add insult to injury a younger, tougher, edgier, high risk taking street magician steps into the fray and steals what their fame.

When I first started to watch this I defintely thought it was heading down the silly spoof route. There are moments that hint at that, but as the film progresses it turns out to be a really nice touching film that makes you smile. There are some great little funny touches dotted throughout which mainly come from Carell's character. Even though in the plot the character is from the 80's generation he seems to have been transported from the 50's. A complete male chauvinist and womaniser with little tact, yet he doesn't realise it and thinks he's a gentleman. Much of this is down to his Vegas bubble lifestyle which has transformed him into this spoilt makeup wearing lothario.

Naturally this makes for some great dialog and some hilarious pompous behaviour from Carell. Kudos to Carrey for his wholly annoying street magician who obviously is having a go at people like David Blane/Criss Angel. His nasty tricks aren't real magic of course, simply sick stunts that appease people's morbid curiosity. So the film does achieve something plot wise, you hate Carrey's character and see him for what he clearly is, whilst at the same time you are gradually warming to Carell's character and seeing he is actually a decent man.

I also loved Arkin's character and performance as the old classical, black tux magician with the pencil thin tash, almost Vincent Price-like. I also liked Gandolfini's Vegas hotel/casino owner, I loved his chic 70's-like fashions (well that's how it appeared to me) and how he still looks like a head honcho for the mob.

Some great hand trick work shown throughout, alongside various other more impressive tricks, being a film I'm sure many were assisted with movie effects. The only thing I didn't really like was the ending and how they win back their fame. It seemed a step too far and way too easy for something horrific to go wrong surely!. OK its a comedy and there's gonna be artistic license involved, its not suppose to be genuine but just didn't quite feel right. Plus the idea seemed like a massive undertaking on a regular basis sheesh!.

Apart from that minor detail a very pleasant surprise, enjoyed the film, the glossy visuals and all the characters. Love the films title by the way, although I think 'The Amazing Burt Wonderstone' looks and sounds better.


Samurai7 -> Not that bad empire (10/12/2013 11:29:54 AM)

Im not too concerned about inconsistencies in tone when Im watching a movie with Carell and Carrey dressed as vegas muscicians. Sure it had its painful moments, but its funny enought to tip the scales enought to enjoy it. Two stars is too harsh.

TroyPutland -> No direction. (1/3/2015 7:54:05 PM)

Had the potential to be so much better. Steve Carell's Burt is annoying. Why stick around to watch a film when you don't like the lead character?

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