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Incredible Burt Wonderstone (1/10)
film was a real disappointment to me because it was written by Jonathan
Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who were responsible for 2011’s
Horrible Bosses which was one of the surprise delights of that year.
They have strayed far off the comedic road here, however, despite the
presence of the brilliant Alan Arkin in the cast.
Directed by Don Scardino, who is better known as a TV director of shows
like 30 Rock, The West Wing, and Law & Order, and also
directed Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men on Broadway, it’s about
two magicians, the titular Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and his
partner, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) who have apparently reigned as
the kings of the Las Vegas Strip in a hotel owned by Doug Munny (James
Galdofini). As you can see, this film has a wonderful cast which also
includes Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey. Alas, it is a film that leaves one
asking how anyone could make a movie more annoying than this.
plays a guerrilla street magician named Steve Gray whose stunts get
continually more disgusting as the movie progresses, so bad that people
in my screening were averting their eyes rather than watch. But these
aren’t stunts. This movie really isn’t about “magic,” the definition of
which is “the seeming manipulation and control of the natural world for
the amusement and entertainment of the audience.” The problem with this
film is that the stunts that Gray performs are not “seeming
manipulation” at all, but disgusting things that he really does and
survives like, for example, spending all night sleeping on burning
coals, which is probably the least disgusting thing he does in the film.
All the things Gray does are just stupidities that actually happen as
shown, not manipulation of the audiences. In fact, one of the few stunts
in the movie that is really presented as a magic “stunt” is the last one
and it is explained in the last scenes of the movie. The explanation is
worse than ridiculous, nothing short of irresponsible, in fact.
is nothing in this movie that is funny. Burt Wonderstone is a stupid,
egotistical jackass who is so over-the-top unrealistic that his
arrogance is just silly. This is probably intended as satire. But satire
to be effective must be clever. This nonsensical tomfoolery just punches
you in the nose.
movie is such an insult to magicians that it is astonishing to discover
that David Copperfield, who is described in the production notes as “the
world’s most successful magician,” served as a special consultant and
even appears in the film as himself. Why would a magician contribute to
a film that demeans his profession? Well, I guess the answers to that
are pretty simple: money and exposure. Copperfield exhibits a lack of
integrity by participating in this thing.
go to this film thinking that you’re going to see some fantastic magic
tricks because you don’t. Most of what they do, they do as shown; there
is virtually no trickery involved. The only magic in this movie is that
it actually got made and distributed.