Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 39% (Critics) / 65% (Audience)
Directed By: Don Scardino
Written By: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Chad Kultgen and Tyler Mitchell
Starring: Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin and Jim Carrey
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

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 guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act-both onstage and off-if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. (Source)

The Good:
Jim Carrey was at his energized, insane best as stunt-magician Steve Gray (an obvious riff on the Criss Angels of the magic world). Carrey tackled this role with some serious gusto and was reminiscent of early Carrey performances from before he started trying his hand at serious acting and family friendly films.

The Bad:
It’s too bad that Carrey’s role was not bigger. hell its too bad that this wasn’t a movie called The Incredible Steve Gray. Steve Carell gave an awkward and unfunny performance in this film. I am not sure if it was a result of the affect he was going for or if he was just too bored to give a damn but either way he drained almost every scene he was in of any life.
And the romance between Carell and Olivia Wilde was just dreadful and devoid of any romantic chemistry at all.

The Ugly
I would love to know how a movie starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell could end up being so unfunny. Supposed jokes just laid there and more often than not they were bombs. To call this film just mildly amusing would be an overstatement.

Final Verdict: A limp comedy that only comes to life when Jim Carrey is on the screen. Actually the only time this movie feels like it has any energy at all is when Carrey is being shown and sadly he is not shown nearly enough.

Grade: D

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