SXSW Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone


Director:Don Scardino

Cast:Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey

Running Time:100.00


There is just something about watching Steve Carell cry and act like a monkey that I just find completely hilarious. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is legitimately a very funny movie.

Magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton have been a mainstay on the Las Vegas strip for a long time, bringing in the big bucks with illusions and amazing tricks. However, their friendship has taken a turn for the worse as of late. With the new face of magic street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) bearing down on their throats, Burt and Anton have to band together to save their act and magic itself.

Burt Wonderstone is a film that embraces old school humor that made actors like Steve Carell and Jim Carry famous. The move also plays well off its dark side, which is what makes it laugh-out-loud funny, occasionally shocking, but never boring.

In my opinion, Steve Buscemi is fantastic; Carell shows us his funny side, which most of us are accustomed to seeing in The Office. Jim Carrey brings back the old Carrey style that I have been missing for years. Movie fans will be well aware by now that he seems to fluctuate from an un-watchable idiot and genius. Here he's on form. The one thing that did bother me about the movie was that Olivia Wilde's character, an assistant called Jane who actually may be better than the boss, isn't given nearly enough screen time for an aspiring part of the act.

Overall, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone caught me by surprise in a very good way. I really didn't expect much, but this movie delivers legitimate hilarity that I think has been missing from PG-13 comedies for a while. I would definitely watch this movie again; I don't want to say it's a must-see, but it will make you laugh.


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