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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
This is an odd movie. "Burt Wonderstone" has been considerably hyped as a comedy comeback vehicle for Jim Carrey, a movie that will return him to his straightforward slapstick comedy antics that audiences originally embraced him for, but the truth is, he's not in the film very much. And when he is - playing a New Agey douchebag Kris Angel/David Blaine hybrid type magician - the material doesn't give him much to do.
We're primarily left with Steve Carrell and Steve Buscemi, two highly talented actors (both comedic and dramatic), who yet again are let down by the material. Carrell makes the questionable choice of playing his character as a completely unlikeable egoist with a horrible accent. Carrell is good at playing good-intentioned dimwits like Michael Scott, or hapless characters in even less broad projects like "Crazy Stupid Love," but he's hard to buy in this role, and the accent makes it all the worse. Buscemi does what he can, but it's not much given the source material.
Other reasonably talented actors (Gandolfini, Wilde) are wasted as well. I knew the movie flopped at the box office and got middling reviews, but I still expected something fairly entertaining if uneventful; I was surprised at how much I actually disliked the characters and found it hard to sit through the movie as a result.
I hope Carrey gets back on track after a string of flops and a gradual public image meltdown over the past few years, but this won't be the film that does it. Here's hoping Dumb and Dumber To lives up to its title.
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