The Incredible Burt Wonderstone REVIEW

Written by Guillermo Troncoso.


Steve Carrell, what were you thinking? The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn’t a bad film, it’s a terrible one.

Carrell plays Burt Wonderstone, a magician that headlines a show in Las Vegas with his longtime stage partner Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi). When Steve Gray, a street magician played by Jim Carrey, begins to win over crowds with his extreme, painful brand of magic, it becomes clear that Wonderstone’s show is fast becoming stale.

I won’t bore you with detailed explanations into how bad this movie is. Suffice it to say that this comedy lacks one crucial element: comedy.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone simply isn’t funny. What’s more, there isn’t a character with charm, likeability or wit to earn your attention. Steve Carrell plays against type by giving us a character that is as detestable as he is moronic, as does Jim Carrey. Steve Buscemi and Alan Arkin almost deliver something of substance but fail to rise above the dull material and Olivia Wilde doesn’t really do anything other than look pretty.

This is the type of thing that might have worked better as a quick sketch. Carrell and Carrey are comedic royalty, but even they could barely get a chuckle from the audience I was with. The awkward jokes and tiresome acting really begin to get on your nerves and you’ll find yourself chugging your drink for an excuse to go to the bathroom.

I’ll give it one point for each time I smirked.


– G.T.