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Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas Strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerrilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act - both onstage and off - if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. Written by
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I was excited to watch this film, and what I got was a horrible let down.
Apart from being extremely clichéd, the films lead is horribly miscast as Steve Carrell, who's just plain boring and has absolutely no charm. He feels exactly like Bruce Willis from the latest Die Hard film, in the sense that he was there, to "be there". There was no effort made from him to act at all. I can see why Jim Carrey was chosen to play the antagonist, as he's the only thing that would make people want to watch this.
Whoever says that the fact that these two worlds, as in the "extreme" & "classical" collide, was a deliberate choice, has absolutely no clue what the movie was supposed to be about. It was supposed to be about the wonders of magic, yet it fell flat on it's face. It just tries way too hard to create jokes using the expectations of people, and going off in to the territory of "dark humor", trying to shock, and fails to deliver. It's as dry as an Adam Sandler film, and completely devoid of any emotion.
And no, this was not funny. It was just plain painful. Even if the sense of humor of people is something that's 100% subjective, I can't see why anyone would try to defend this movie as a comedy, unless they fall into the category of humans, who laugh for the sake of laughing.
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