A Filmster Quickie: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone


Release Date: March 15, 2013

Review Date: March 19, 2013

Director: Don Scardino

Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi. Olivia Wilde

The Filmster Rating:

Satisfactory Rating

Synopsis: Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas Strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerrilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act-both onstage and off-if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. – IMDb

Review: There is nothing incredible about The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but a solid flick that anyone can enjoy. This is a film that will be enjoyed more from fans of the magic world and fans of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. To others this film will be a big disappointment because of the lack of laughs it will bring to you. To me this film falls right in the middle, the film does a great job portraying and also making fun of the magic world and its magicians. The strongest aspect of the film is Jim Carrey and the character he plays that makes fun of illusionists as Criss Angel. Jim Carrey flourishes as he comes back into the more adult type comedy, instead of children type films which has been his comfort zone as of late. The biggest let down was that there wasn’t enough of Carrey. Steve Carell had a few funny moments but for the most part his character was annoying. Steve Buscemi wasted his time with this role as he had no affect in the film, and Olivia Wilde was appeasing and sexy in her role. With the cast, this film was to be better than what it was, though it is a decent film, you can’t help but feel like you were robbed of amazement by a cheap magic trick.

Recommend? There really is nothing else better to watch in the theaters.

Worth The Ticket Price? Only during matinee hours.

Would You Watch It Again? Yea, one day on cable.

Blogger’s Thoughts

“Regardless, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” features some silly characters, some fun comedic face offs between Carell and Carrey, and pokes plenty of fun at the world of magic. It won’t become your favorite comedy, but it’s bound to give you plenty of chuckles over the course of its runtime.” – Fog’s Movie Reviews

“If you like magic; you will be disappointed. If you like to laugh; you will be disappointed. If you like Jim Carrey; then you will probably be happy with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone for that reason, and that one reason only considering it’s rarely ever funny and tries hard while doing so.” - Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews

Comments are much appreciated. Thanks for reading.

10 responses to “A Filmster Quickie: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

  1. This is the first thing I’ve read about this film… but you’ve basically backed-up what I’d already assumed! I’ll probably give it a miss in the cinema. But good to hear that Carrey is back on form… it looks like he could be great in the new Kick Ass film from what I’ve seen in the trailer.

  2. A telling sentence from your review: “To others this film will be a big disappointment because of the lack of laughs it will bring to you.” —sad commentary for a comedy!

    ha. nice review. I avoided this one and plan on keeping it that way. I won’t go see it simply because “There is nothing else in theaters.” There’s always my blu-ray collection! :) and Les Miserables comes out this Friday to own.

    • I was disappointed because I expected it to be a very funny movie but it still had its moments and a solid story for it to be enjoyable, and Jim Carrey definitely stole the show.

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