‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ qualifies as the first real big miss at theatres so far in 2013. Filled with some of the best comedic talent in the movie industry, with a premise that seemed to full of hope, this film definitely fell flat in the end.
The last time that Steve Carell and Jim Carrey starred together in a live action movie, we got ‘Bruce Almighty’, which was a fantastic entry into the comedy genre. The only other time they have appeared in the same movie was in the animated ‘Horton Hears a Who’, which was equally as fantastic as ‘Bruce Almighty’. So with that history, many would be hoping for another great turn in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’.
For myself, I found that on a whole that the story actually was a major factor in the overall letdown of this film. The characters were static and wooden, with cookie cutter character changes to cram a love story that was out of place and quite unnecessary to the overall plot of the film.
The one shining light of this film was once again Alan Arkin. As he did in last year’s ‘Argo’, Arkin does a wonderful job in a supporting role and steals every scene that he is in. Arkin is aging superbly and seems like he is really enjoying the roles he has been taking as of late, and ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ is another shining example of that.
As for the rest of the cast, they were for the most part underutilized or miscast and it was definitely to the detriment of the overall performance of the film. Carell was nothing exciting, Carrey was a surprising letdown in a role that seemed to have his name written all over it, while Olivia Wilde seems to flounder in many roles that she is cast in, as she once again seems lost in a primary role in a film.
This film will suffer at the domestic box office and may in the end even suffer in home video. This is a film that I would say if you want to see it, wait until you can grab it as a decently priced rental and give it a try that way.
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