Plot Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) are successful Las Vegas magicians. When Anton is injured in a performance, Burt is left vulnerable to competition. That competition comes in the form of street magician Steve Gray (Carrey).
There’s a lot to like in this tale of duelling magicians and Vegas intrigue; the problem is that Steve Carell’s ego monster Burt Wonderstone is pulled in all directions by an unfocused script. Had it dwelt on his rivalry with Jim Carrey’s edgy street magician or his friendship with Steve Buscemi or his relationship with Alan Arkin’s retired legend or his sparring with Olivia Wilde’s wannabe magician, we might have been on to something. Moreover, the tone veers from gently indie to broad farce, undermining Carell’s efforts to show us Burt’s rise and fall and rise again.
Verdict The inconsistencies in tone - is it an Anchorman-style farce or something more serious? - distract from likeable turns from the leads.
Average user rating for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
RE: Sexist and boring, Burt Wonderstone is a waste of time
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 e... More
RE: What's in there? Only what you take with you...
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. ... More
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. ... More