Inexplicable and impossible ‘magic’, laughs and stupid hair is what you can expect from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which bombed at the US box office in March. But despite its negative reviews upon its release, it’s a surprisingly charming, daft and enjoyable little film.
When a street magician’s stunts begins to upstage well known magic double act ‘The Incredible Burt and Anton’, Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton work to salvage both their act and their ‘magical’ friendship by staging a daring stunt.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a fun and harmless comedy about friendship, love and, of course, magic. It’s uplifting and brightly coloured and Steve Carell‘s comedic performance is the perfect funny-bone tickler. A premise that could easily be childish is made for an adult audience through the humour, sex references (although these are few and far between, and in good taste for a change) and street magician Steve Gray‘s (Jim Carrey) daring and gruesome stunts.
Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi have a surprisingly comedic and warm chemistry and make believable childhood friends. The story of the underdog succeeding against the odds and expectations of their peers is a classic basis for a comedy or drama film, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone uses it well. It’s a very brightly coloured, brash film which isn’t to everyone’s taste, but as a daft family comedy its brightness is spot on. While it’s by no means visually wonderful the performances are solid and it’s a decent conventional comedy that’s easy to enjoy. Steve Carell and Jim Carrey are pretty big names in the world of comedy and their performances definitely made the film, had it been anyone else perhaps The Incredible Burt Wonderstone would’ve been completely awful.
While the story is obviously unrealistic, contrived and daft it does have many uplifting undertones and messages about love, friendship and having a passion for what you do. It’s nothing out of the ordinary but it’s an enjoyable romp when there’s nothing better to do or watch.