Do you have that one actor or actress that if you know they are involved on a TV show or movie that you will want to see it even though you might not care about the rest of the cast or even the show in general? Two for me would be Harry Dean Stanton or Steve Buscemi, and had not Steve been in this, I might not have seen it.
Steve brings up another point that this movie is about: Talent and where it comes from. Steve Buscemi is arguably one of the greatest actors out there with great talent, comedic skill, drama-the man can do anything but one thing many can agree on and with do respect: He isn't the most handsome guy out there-and I bet he's worked hard to get where he's gotten and that hard work payed off with a lot of talent. In the movie, young Burt and Anton (Buscemi) are geeky or different kids who aren't cool and get picked on all day at school-and work hard at what they love and what they love is magic tricks.
Flash forward to the future, they are the biggest names in Vega's magic stage shows (beating out Penn and Teller apparently) but time has gone on and Burt has gotten arrogant, an inflated as hell ego not to mention having no problem bedding the lovely ladies who assist in the shows. Burt is tired of Anton but Anton is still being professional to make the shows work. They're friendship only exists at this point to make them money and get women. They're boss Doug though thinks the show is growing stale, especially when Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) makes an appearance. Steve Gray isn't so much of a musician as he is a Jim Rose Circus refugee in that he mutilates his body in gross stunts to attract fans. Fans are attracted and impressed by something new and after a new trick goes embarrassingly array for Burt and Anton, they're show is over and Burt needs to find work after Anton breaks up with him.
Very humbled and out of money, Burt takes whatever job he can and even gets advice from his inspiration who now lives at the nursing home Burt is working at, especially after the pair sees some of Gray's "act" and how disgusting it is that Gray is the one attracting the children to one day perform they're own awful stunts. The finale is a chance to impress Doug to be the lead act at his new casino opening and Burt needs to come up with a great new trick.
It takes a lot to get me to see comedies usually cause they are not funny or just plain lame, but aside from seeing Steve B-I was curious to see what a comedy about magicians would be like or maybe even how they live they're life. We even get to see a "Magician's Bar" where they hang out and I thought this would be a cool world to visit. I'm still surprised that the Magician's Bar didn't have Penn and Teller in it, even as a cameo. Steve Carrell is funny as usual, and Jim Carrey fits in great as the antagonist, still showcasing why people used to call him "rubber face" with his sideshow acts as Steve Gray the antagonist. Steve Buscemi is of course awesome and Alan Arkin as Burt's childhood hero was fun and Olivia Wilde as Jane-a fan of Burts since she was young is appalled when she sees what a creep he is in real life, before his haughty attitude is humbled and they re-connect.
That is probably the biggest failing of the movie is that it IS predictable. From the opening scene, I knew those two kids would be famous, Burt would be a jerk but have to dig deep to be important again and so on and so forth. The movie is funny but those moments thankfully aren't in the way of guessing plot threads.
Burt Wonderstone won't dazzle you with anything new, but like a Vegas show, it is entertaining and kills some time. I'll take this tasteful and actually funny movie over shock garbage anyday.
I love magic..When I watch a good magician, I feel the wonderment of a five year old. Too bad I didn't feel that way while watching 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone', directed by Don Scardino and written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley ('Horrible Bosses'). … more
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