The Incredible Burt Wonderstone shows why previews should not be used as a guideline of what movies to watch. Steve Carell gives a performance that only he could give to induce laughter throughout. Something the previews neglected to portray accurately.
Even without Carell, the movie avoids some common comedy misdoing in the time-frame of the film. The beginning is well done, connecting the background to the present day without dragging it out or making it too choppy, unlike many other comedies. The length of the film never seems rushed, allowing the comedic elements to take on their full effects.
Many comedies cut time-frame corners, causing storyline issues just to add humor, but here there is no cutting corners. Allowing a nearly seamless flow throughout, leaving no questions as to how something happened, while maintaining the humor. While even adding more scenes that are hilarious.
Unlike many comedies, whether they are films or TV series, the humor is not founded on sex, but rather coming off Burt Wonderstone’s character. In addition, it comes from the storyline of the film, bringing a more natural, rounded feel to the comedy.
Though not a unique storyline, the often used character or characters falling from glory and having to be redeemed in some way is used once again. However, with Carell and the entertaining magic show scenes, it brings enough of a twist to the storyline to keep most viewers entertained.
Jim Carrey’s character is a low point in the film, clearly taking Carrey out of his normal leading role in comedies. His non-magical approach as the street performer, Steve Grey, gives a new look on Carrey. His character was a stereotypical antagonist to Burt Wonderstone that is in almost every similar comedy movie.
Steve Buscemi as Anton Marvelton is acted perfectly in partner with Carell, making the hilarious Carell even funnier. However, without Carell in a few scenes, his humor is rough, but the majority of his parts were in line with Carell allowing for these few scenes to have a minimal affect to the overall movie.
Olivia Wilde as Jane, often referred to as Nicole by Burt Wonderstone provides a perfect realistic character to contrast the magician. She further brings out more humor from Carell, bringing him to another level throughout the movie, along with adding in her own simple humor at times.
Despite any individual flaws within the stereotypical storyline, the actors work well together creating an incredibly funny movie with barely any pauses in the laughter given.
Overall, this movie will keep fans of comedy laughing through most of the film and those fans of Steve Carell will want to see this movie without hesitation. Others may be slightly disappointed with stereotypical comedic storyline that can be seen in any number of other comedies.