Burt Dickenson: The Most Powerful Magician on Planet Earth went through a lot of changes before arriving on the big screen as The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. A number of high-profile writers – including Up in the Air director Jason Reitman – helped shape the core Burt Wonderstone plot: a two-pronged story about friendship and the true power of magic, set against the growing threat of modern “stunt” magicians.
On paper, pitting a pair of Siegfried & Roy-like performers against an up-and-coming David Blaine-like street illusionist presents a smart and humorous juxtaposition. However, does the final film – aided by fan-favorite comedy actors Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, and Jim Carrey in headlining roles – successfully deliver movie “magic” that will be enjoyable for illusion enthusiasts as well as viewers who expect enchanting characters, not just comedic slight of ...
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