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"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"

Comedy. Rated PG-13. 1 hours, 40 minutes.

Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures

Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Olivia Wilde in Warner Bros.' "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" - 2013

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
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The film opens with a scene of young Burt (played by Mason Cook) on his birthday. His mother left him a box of cake mix with instructions and a gift covered in wrapping paper. Burt baked himself a chocolate cake in the oven and then he opened his present. It was an original magic set by Rance Holloway, a famous Las Vegas magician. Then, Burt's friend, young Anton (played by Luke Vanek) came over to hang out. He also became very interested in the magic set and suggested that he and Burt team up.

Fast forward to the present day and Burt and Anton are headlining shows at Bally's Casino on the Las Vegas strip. Steve Carell played the role of Burt Wonderstone while Steve Buscemi starred as Anton Marvelton. Every night they sold out shows for their magic show, which was simply known as "Burt and Anton's Show." However, every show was identical to the next. Ticket sales started drying up until Bally's Casino Owner Doug Munny (played by James Gandolfini) ended up canceling their show.

Wonderstone decided to split up with Marvleton and go on his own. He performed inside a Big Lots store, at an assisted living home, a children's birthday party and many other small gigs. Then, he met up with Holloway (played by Alan Arkin) to try and turn things around. The famous magician told Wonderstone that his tricks were boring and needed to be more interesting.

Enter Jim Carrey as Steve Gray, a competing performer or magician--if you even want to call it that. He is known for performing edge-of-your-seat, dangerous stunts. Gray did many gross acts such as a card trick in which he has a participant write their name on a card then it disappears. To make it reappear, he has to cut the side of his cheek to get it out. In another trick, Gray uses a cordless drill to make a hole through the side of his head. In another stunt, he walked on red, hot charcoals and spent the night laying on them. Caution: Don't try those at home.

Wonderstone and Marvelton came up with an idea to spice things up and draw attention for their magic show. They decided to remain inside a glass cage for one week. It was suspended from a crane high above the Las Vegas strip. Hundreds of people showed up to watch this stunt including the local TV news outlets. The record-breaking trick started out perfectly, until about 20 minutes later. Wonderstone couldn't handle it anymore and broke one of the glass sheets, which left them hanging on for dear life. They finally came down and ended up with many broken bones.

Later in the movie, Munny announced that he will be opening a new casino simply called Doug's. He started a contest to determine who would get the title show at that new venue. Burt and Anton reunited to compete against Gray. The competition was held during a birthday party for one of Munny's kids. The three magicians kept trying to outdo each other one after another.

The question you'll be able to answer after seeing this movie is...Who will get to be the lead act at Doug's Casino? I'm not going to tell you that. You'll have to go see the film to find out. Secondly, will Burt and Anton ever turn things around to get people back in the seats?

I really enjoyed this movie for several reasons. It had a very good cast including one of my all-time favorites, Jim Carrey. Other stars in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" include Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Brad Garrett and a cameo by David Copperfield. Secondly, it was cool to see the Las Vegas strip in a movie. It brought back memories of the first "Hangover" movie. Some critics have said there wasn't enough "magic" in this movie so for that reason I'll give it an "A-." However, it is still worth your time to see this great film on a big screen.

Look for "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" in theaters nationwide beginning on Friday, March 15.

OVERALL RATING: A-

 

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