Movie Mind Says: Move to Top of Netflix Delivery List
If You Like This You Should Watch: Blades of Glory
Better Than: Dinner for Schmucks
Worse Than: The Campaign
Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Alan Arkin
Don’t show up to The Incredible Burt Wonderstone looking to get intellectually stimulated. If you do, you are sure to be disappointed. If you do go catch it at the theater, it would be the perfect release from a hard work-week when you are mentally exhausted and just need some mindless release. So when I call The Incredible Burt Wonderstone the ultimate “do-it-to-me” movie, that’s not an insult. It’s also not insulting to call it stupid, because it is. It also just happens to be freakin hilarious. While it won’t be a classic by any means, it will be one that I do feel gets better and better each time you watch it.
I’m putting this film solidly in the Blades of Glory and The Campaign category: underrated stupid-comedies that grow on you over time and produce some excellent laughs. In fact, even before seeing this film, I say striking resemblances to Will Ferrell’s Blades of Glory from the costumes to the straight-guy sidekick to the cocky and idiotic lead character that ends up having a heart of gold. Basically if you wanted to compare how Steve Carrell measure up to Will Ferrell as the lead in a very similar film, watch The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Blades of Glory and you’ll find out. In the eyes of The Movie Mind, there’s a clear winner and that is Ferrell.
This is about as good of a cast you can up with to work together on a stupid-funny comedy film. As a matter of fact, it was so good, that Steve Carell could have been called the “weakest link”. Now don’t get me wrong, I think that Carell is a comedic genius and I love watching him in anything. However, he basically plays The Office’s Michael Scott as a magician. For some reason, I never feel like that character translates over to the film genre all that well. Nonetheless, he is still pretty damn funny. The difference is, many of the others are even funnier.
The guy that invented the stupid-comedy genre showed up in full force, and Jim Carrey was on his game. He stole the show as the new-age “magician” and mockery of Criss Angel. Carell and his sidekick, Steve Buscemi, play the role of aging Vegas magician icons Siegfried and Roy. The new crop of fans flock elsewhere to witness the new-age “stunts” like when Carrey’s character pulls a dollar bill out of his face or sleeps on hot coals. He was the perfect fit for this roleand really stole every scene he was in, a nice reprieve from his usual leading position. Throw in some nice appearances by Jay Mohr and Alan Arkin and you’ve got a very well-rounded comedic cast.
There is a bit of a lull in the middle of the film when Carell’s character, Burt Wonderstone, falls from grace, but it picks back up for a solid, albeit predictable, ending. All in all there are worse things to be doing then watching a comedy where you know what you’re going to get. I’m in for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and you should be too.
Interesting Cameo Appearance: James Gandolfini (aka type-casted and fish-out-of-water in a comedy role, Tony Saprano, legendary HBO crime boss of The Sopranos) as Doug Munny, Vegas hotelier and boss of Burt Wonderstone’s show in his hotel’s theater. He plays a mockery likely of Steve Wynn, even going so far as to show him opening his new hotel called, “The Doug”.
Bully: Listen to me, Burt. Nobody likes you. Nobody will ever like you.
Young Rance Holloway: Everyone loves a magician and they’ll love you too.
Doug Munny: Your ticket sales suck.
Burt Wonderstone: [laughs] What? Who is that guy?
Doug Munny: Steve Gray, they are calling him the future of magic.
Television Announcer: For 12 long days he’s held his urine.
Richard Wolffe: What is going through your mind?
Steve Gray: I really have to pee, Richard.
Doug Munny: You need to do something fresh!
Burt Wonderstone: I suppose I could hold my poop.
Burt Wonderstone: That guy’s a magician? He doesn’t even have a costume!
Jane: You’re gonna wear that? Are you ridiculous? It’s velvet. Take it off, Burt.