By Adam Rolseth
Hello, SWRNN readers! Today I’ll be reviewing the new Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is a film about two partner magicians named Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton who, after a humiliating stunt goes wrong, split up and go their separate ways.
While Wonderstone — an old-school magician — is struggling to find work, he is challenged by popular street performer Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). The film stars Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini and Alan Arkin.
I went into this movie with an open mind, despite hearing very negative things about it.
I thought that it could still be fun fluff, no matter how stupid it may be. But, boy was I wrong.
The comedy in this movie is nothing above mediocre. Most jokes rely on either slapstick or crude, childish and sometimes pointlessly tasteless jokes that just fall flat in every aspect.
I chuckled maybe once or twice in this film, and that was still more than the audience as a whole.
Speaking of the audience however, I have to give the film credit for legitimately making three-quarters of the theater disappear less than halfway through the movie.
The performances in this film were mixed. I can tell that Carell, Carrey and Buscemi give it their all, but sadly nothing comes out of it.
The script here is just so generic and unfunny that even a comedic king like Jim Carrey is unlikable. Sure, Carrey has had some major flops in the past, but I feel like this will put a big dent in his credibility.
Really the only good things about this movie were the direction, editing and Olivia Wilde’s performance.
I hate to say this, but there really isn’t too much else to say about this film that hasn’t already been said.
The acting was poor, the script was formulaic and unfunny, the comedy fell flat and nearly everything else was just incredibly underwhelming.
Overall, I give “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” a 1 out of 5.
Adam Rolseth is a teen movie reviewer and regular guest contributor to SWRNN.