The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The-Incredible-Burt-WonderstoneBy Sean Molloy, contributing writer

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After seeing this very predictable comedy one thing is clear, Steve Carell needs to stop being the top billed actors in movies. Carell works best in a solid ensemble comedy. Anchorman, Crazy Stupid Love, and the 40 Year Old Virgin work because there is such a strong group of actors around him. That being said, Carell isn’t terrible in Wonderstone but he certainly is not the “upside” to the flick.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a by the book comedy, it starts with a young boy needing an escape, has conflict between all main characters and ends up with redemption for a seemingly asshole of a main character. All of it works, but it doesn’t work as well as the audience wants it to. Certain bits work better than others, in particular, the joke about addressing Olivia Wilde’s character continuously by her stage name (Nicole) and not her real name (Jane) is funny every time. Also the scene where Buscemi and Carell have a crying fit actually got a belly laugh out of me. However, most of the comedy just evokes a chuckle or a grin. Not great.

As predictable as the movie is, this review has to mention the greatness of Jim Carrey’s “Steve Gray.” The role reminds me that Carrey can still be tremendously funny when he’s allowed to just go nuts with a role. Alan Arkin is also a solid addition to “Wonderstone” as the mentor and reason why Burt transforms into a dweeby kid who gets picked on to the overcompensating magicican he is in the present day. Most of the solid comedy is seen in the trailers but there are a couple of bright spots in the movie, like I have said above, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is entertaining but is far from leaving the audience with concrete laughs with staying power, you can do far worse at the theater, but there is so alakazam to this one.

Grade: B-

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