THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE: A Review

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE – A SALTY REVIEW BY DARA SHASHOUA

Steve Carell Jim Carrey Steve Buscemi – Plenty of giggles.

TIBW (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone)((of course)) is what I class as a ‘leave your brain at the door’ kind of film.

You don’t have to think. At. All.

Just watch and, if inclined, giggle. I seemed to do that a lot throughout this film.

It’s silly, really silly and there’s quite a bit of daggy 80s dancing and Steve Buscemi has got the moves down pat.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi

TIBW is the story of a bullied child (Carell) who is given a Rance Armstrong (played by the amazing Alan Arkin) magic kit for his birthday, he sees magic as a way of hopefully making him cooler. Unfortunately it seems to have the opposite effect, until he meets his best friend and sidekick Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi).

Fast forward into the future and the duo are offered a residency at a Las Vegas hotel, run by Doug played by James Gandolfini. For once, Gandolfini does not play a gangster but a property tycoon who forgets how old his son is.

 

Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde

10 years later the show is exactly the same. The boys wear their spangly 80s gear, with 80s dance moves and jokes. Even the tricks are the same. You can see in their moves its well rehearsed to the point of laborious for both of them. These are some of the funniest moments and Carell and Buscemi work very well together, they compliment each other impeccably. Special mention here goes out to their wigs and costumes. Freaking hilarious.

 

Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde

 

Along comes Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), a street magician obviously taking the piss out of Criss Angel – Angel calls himself ‘Mind Freak’ whereas Steve Gray becomes ‘Brain Rapist’. Too funny. Carrey transforms himself with long blonde tipped hair, eyeliner and a rock n roll wardbrobe. Gray doesn’t perform magic in the traditional sense but performs shocking and ridiculous stunts. As a result the boys lose their residency after trying a stunt of their own, which goes hilariously wrong and they part ways.

 

Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde

 

Cue self reflective moments where Wonderstone attempts to get his mojo back. He lands a gig where he ends up being heckled by the original Rance Armstrong. The two join forces along with Anton and results in the best magic trick of all time.

Like I said at the beginning TIBW is a good movie, full of giggles and it is a pleasure to watch the ensemble cast fumble their way around together. Olivia Wilde is simply gorgeous and adds a lovely freshness to the film. The soundtrack could have been a bit more current day but their are still some golden oldie tracks form the 80s and 90s mixed in there.

 

Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde

 

Highlights- Steve Carells 80s hair, Jim Carrey (his body is rocking for his age), Steve Buscemi dancing and the final 15 minutes.

Its a great date movie or a night out after a busy day or week and you just want to be entertained, 7 out of 10.