World class magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton have ruled the Las Vegas strip, performing live to massive audiences for over 10 years. Lately Burt and Anton have grown to loathe each other, with Burt being more interested in the fame then the magic. Add to that fact the arrival of street magician Steve Gray, and the pressure on the duo leads to their explosive split-up. With Burt's fame and fortune crumbling in front of him, he begins to remember why he wanted to a magician in the first place. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a rather run of the mill comedy effort which relies on the comedic appeal of Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey to carry the film. Like most comedies, the film is very hit or miss with a few jokes missing the mark on a cringe-worthy level. The film is at its best when it simply lets its actors play, with Jim Carrey's portrayal of main antagonist, Steve Gray, being the most amusing part of the film. This over the top parody of street magicians represented through Gray is really the highlight of the film from a writing standpoint, with the film being very bland overall. The film does show a little heart centered around Burt's need to reignite his passion for the magic but the film never really goes far enough to become sentimental. While it's rather typical in all mainstream cinema, the love angle between Burt and Jane, played by Oliva Wilde, is incredibly forced and unnecessary. It's just incredibly lazy writing to the point where it made me wonder why they even bothered with the angle in the first place. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is not a film I hate nor liked, but simply another instantly forgettable comedy that brings nothing to the table outside of what is expected from the talent involved.
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