Sound Off: Don Scardino's 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
March 15, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Make some magic. Now playing in theaters everywhere is The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, directed by Don Scardino ("30 Rock", "2 Broke Girls"), starring Steve Carell & Jim Carrey as dueling magicians in Las Vegas. The comedy also features Steve Buscemi and Olivia Wilde as Wonderstone's assistants, with Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr and James Gandolfini, too. But is it actually magical? And entertaining? How are Carell & Carrey as competing illusionists? Is it even worth watching? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
To blow your mind with my magical review (not really), I finally caught The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and really enjoyed it. First, I have a soft spot for magic, growing up with a love for David Copperfield (nice cameo!) and a bag of cheap tricks, so I connected with this in many ways. Beyond that, what I found was a charming, occasionally amusing but still heartfelt film about following and staying true to your passions, but never letting them and your own stubbornness be your downfall. It made fun of some hilarious egotistical missteps and kept a solid focus on its characters, but still had some cheesy moments and amateur directing (like the ending). Plus, I wanted some better, more exciting magic than we saw, especially from Alan Arkin.
What did you think of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone? A hilarious comedy, or total bore? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!