Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Review - 3 Stars

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” has an old school feel to it that I love.  Steve Carrell plays an over the hill magician who loses his mojo and searches for a way to get it back.  The story begins with Steve as a kid, the victim of neighborhood bullies.  For the sake of his self esteem, Steve learns magic and grows into a Las Vegas headliner with his childhood friend Steve Buscemi.  But the act goes stale.  Carrell and Buscemi break up.  Both fall on hard times.  And while their career languishes, upstart Jim Carrey rises to the top doing outrageous physical magic stunts.  Alan Arkin adds spark as the old magician who first inspired Carrell.  Arkin’s great comic timing delivers many many solid laughs. Olivia Wilde holds her own with the guys as their magicians assistant who longs for a stage of her own.   At the end of the movie Buscemi and Carrell reunite and pull off their biggest trick ever — a hilarious gag that gives you a chuckle that last after you leave the theater.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Comedy about magic.  Is it entertaining?  Very fun and funny.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Abracadabra!