Two Sundays ago, I watched The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with my parents and my brother. It was my parents’ idea to watch it and even if I didn’t know what the movie was all about or even who the stars in the film were, I obliged.
It’s about Las Vegas’s most loved magician Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and his best friend-slash-sidekick Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) whose luster, after several years of fame and glory, has dimmed when street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) enters the scene stealing the spotlight with his more intriguing brand of tricks. The duo’s following thins and the manager of Bally, where Burt and Anton hold their shows in a theater named after them, threatens to pull the plug if they cannot augment the dwindling ticket sales.
The film is a parody of the actual state of magic shows in which the audience is no longer thrilled with the traditional rabbit-out-of-a-hat type of magic and has shifted its preference to the more mind boggling, eye cringing, street magic which patrons find more enticing. You’ll have to watch for the outrageous parodies of street magic as demonstrated by Steve Gray, and how Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton try to upstage him through their futile attempt at street magic.
Steve Carell still remains as my favorite comedian! Yes, I like him more than Jim Carrey.
The tandem of the two Steves (Carell and Buscemi) worked in the movie. I didn’t expect anything spectacular from the pair which is probably the reason why I didn’t find any deficiencies. But Steve Carell and Jim Carrey playing rival characters is a sure shot that you’re in for a good laugh! It was good to see Carrey doing comedy once again with his classic acts alongside Carell’s strange yet effective humor. Most of their comedic stints are unpredictable!