“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” Review

Before watching The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, I expected a lot. Steve Carell is one of the funniest comedians out there, and when I heard that he was working alongside Jim Carrey, I anticipated nothing less than magnificence. What I received, however, was somewhat disappointing.

The movie follows famous Las Vegas magician Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and his partner Anton Marvelton (Steve  Buscemi) several years past their prime. Their business is hurt when a new young street magician played by Jim Carrey begins to draw the attention of the public. This conflict is eventually solved through a series of ridiculous and cliché events that can be easily predicted.

The best performance by far was by Jim Carrey. He was obviously playing an exaggerated form of the real magician Criss Angel, who performs shocking and sometimes violent stunts on the streets of Las Vegas. Carrey’s rather sarcastic take on this famous magician made me laugh out loud several times. Aside from these rare occasions, however, I only cracked a smile on handful of occasions.

If you happen to be a Steve Carell fan like myself, It’s worth a watch. If however, you’re looking for a movie that you can laugh all the way through, this is not the movie for you. Overall, I’d give it two stars out of five.