Comedy meets Magic?
"Burt Wonderstone" is a film proposing that the greatest magic we can find on earth is in the friendships we have with each other. Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi star in this whimsical comedy about two buds that try to find the magic in their friendship through the science of illusion. Jim Carey also graces the movie with his zany physical comedy that keeps viewers entertained while Burt(Carell) and Anton(Buscemi) work out their differences. Let's see what's up their sleeves in this Unhinged Review.
The movie begins by painting the story of a young Burt, who is tired of being bullied, that ultimately finds his salvation through learning the art of
illusion. From there, Burt(Carell) becomes a successful magician with the help of his childhood chum, Anton. Together these two illusionists perform countless shows within a thriving otel owned by a very wealthy, Doug Munny(Gandolfini). The only problem with this heavenly setup is that the two magicians have been doing the same old-tired show for years which is threatened by the new magic of Steve Gray(Carey).
Steve Gray(Carey) is the main reason most will watch this film because he is the comedic embodiment of David Blaine and Criss Angel's unorthodox style of illusion. Gray doesn't just freak your mind, he rapes it..lol Yes, Gray is known as the brain rapist which provides many laughs, as Carey does what he does best and that is go to the extremes. Walking on hot coals and guessing your card are too simple for the likes of Gray, as he takes his illusions to the Nether regions of our imagination. Carey did an excellent job with this role since he effortlessly adapts to whatever cast he is given and totally nails it!
Carell and Buscemi also fared well in the film, as they both gained laughs of their own in each other's quest to find themselves. I don't know about you, but it seems that Hollywood has been unable to find the right role to capitalize off of Buscemi's interesting appearance. Anyone remember "Con Air" and the wonderful performance Buscemi gave as Garland Greene? He was the picture perfect serial killer, but we can talk about that in another discussion. Now, Carell on the other hand is a comedian by nature and comfortably slips into position, as Burt Wonderstone, a magician whose ego is bigger than his hair.
There are a few more notable actors in the film such as Alan Arkin, who lends his talents to keep the film afloat with his performance as Rance Holloway. Holloway is the legendary magician that peaks young Burt's interest in magic early in the movie. Somewhere along the path of the story, a mature, experienced Burt, comes into contact with Holloway and gets his wand sharpened to a finer point. "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is definitely not a gut-buster, but it has a few laughs to pacify most suffering with Monday Night Blues or Tuesday Morning Terribles.
Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for lovers of Jim Carey and for those not quite ready for the mind-blowing illusions of "Now You See Me" . So if your not out watching "The Wolverine", rent it today for a few laughs.
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