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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

18 Jan

Albert has been bullied by his classmates for as long as he can remember. He’s black and blue and getting fed up with it. Even his mother doesn’t seem to pay him any attention. He gets a magic kit for his birthday and he loves it from the second he opens it. One day at school he meets a fellow-bully victim in his class, Anthony, and they become instant friends. Years pass and they become superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (played by Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (by Steve Buscemi) in “Burt and Anton’s Magical Friendship” show. They rule the Las Vegas strip for over a decade and their host, hotel owner Doug Munny (by James Gandolfini) loves them – and the money they’re raking in. When a new trickster daredevil, Steve Gray (by Jim Carrey) comes on the scene, the double-act suffers. Soon the crowds stop coming and the friendship falters. Burt’s massive ego gets in the way and the partnership ends. But is there still a future for the Incredible Burt Wonderstone? only if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. They decide to try to pull off the ultimate magic trick …

This is a nice family movie. Fans of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey will probably love it and find it hilarious, but I didn’t. Of course, I do see where the humour is though. There’s nothing outstanding about it, but it’s fine for whiling away a couple of hours. It’s got it’s good points – a nice story, some witty moments, reasonable performances by James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin and Olivia Wilde. The best is from Steve Buscemi (he’s good in this type of role with deadpan humour) and overall messages it delivers are nice.

Made in 2013. Directed by Don Scardino

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