Reporting Julie Fisk
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is about a big-time Vegas magician who is forced to update his act.
Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi play childhood friends who bond over magic. Flash forward years into the future and they’re performing sell-out shows at their own Vegas venue. Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton have been doing their shtick for so long, it’s become stale and they hate each other. Wonderstone is just going through the motions & is now more interested in groupies than entertaining the masses. Enter an exciting new street magician, played by Jim Carrey and Wonderstone suffers a massive fall from grace.
It’s funny to me that this whole movie mocks a man for falling back on old, tired tricks, when “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” does EXACTLY THAT. There is nothing new about this film. It’s a stock storyline about a self-centered buffoon who meets his comeuppance. I’ve already seen Steve Carell play this type of character so many times and as funny as he is, it’s just stale. Jim Carey and Alan Arkin are both hilarious and handily steal the movie away from Carell, but even they can’t pull it out of the deep end. Despite a handful of laugh-out-loud moments, I have to give “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” a D+ for simply falling back on its laurels. In fact, Steve Carell should learn a lesson from Burt Wonderstone, before he ends up playing to an empty house.