Cinema Blend recently posted up the latest trailer for the new magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Now to my knowledge there is a lack of magician based comedies at the moment. In fact the only one that comes to mind is the UK movie Magicians starring UK TV funny men Mitchell and Webb. Though I enjoyed it let’s just say it did not set the cinematic world on fire. So I was interested to see how this comedy would fare. Here is the trailer so you can decide for yourselves what you think, but before that read this synopsis also from Cinema Blend to give you a better idea of what this flick is all about.
[box_light]Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. [/box_light]
The magic world is ready for a good parody and this film looks like it is on the right lines. I love the old versus new theme that is prevalent here. Steve Carell is superbly cast as the out-of-place magician (and he looks hilarious) and it’s great to see Steve Buscemi back in comedy again as his partner. I loved the David Blaine joke they popped into this movie and I am hoping to see a lot more of these kinds of gags throughout this film.
Carell is great at playing these underdog characters and this role seems to fit him like a glove. I also like the fact he seems a little cocky in this movie and has more of an edge than the normal misfits he plays. The film has such an amazing cast with Jim Carrey portraying of a new breed magician (a lot of Chris Angel influence is seen here). But it is not just these fine actors. We also get to see Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett, Jay Mohr, Alan Arkin and Gillian Jacobs!