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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Don Scardino, 2013)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is genuinely terrible.
Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carrell) immediately fell in love with the magical craft when given a Rance Holloway (Alan Arkin) magician starter kit during his childhood. Burt finds a young partner in crime in Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), and grows up to live his dream. They become the most famous magician pairing on the Las Vegas strip. But, after a number of years at the top, with fame and wealth to show for, the friendship has begun to fall apart. A feud has developed as Burt’s ego continues to grow and without fresh material their ticket sales are floundering. They also face tough competition from Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) an unpredictable showboat street magician whose outrageous self-abusive stunts have caused a sensation on television and the Internet. When Burt finds himself jobless and partner less, he is forced to rediscover the passion he has misplaced.