Are you ready for some wonder and amazement, along with some laughter? Then this film will give you both. You will be rolling in the isle as you enjoy some spectacular magic stunts that will keep you wondering.
When Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) was very young he found joy in magic. From his first magic set received on his birthday as a child, Burt always believed he would find acceptance through its wonders and amazement. When Burt met Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) things became truer. As kids, Burt and Anton practiced and planned many new magic tricks that they would use on their way to the top. Till one day finally arrived that they became the headliner at the Bally’s Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.
When a new player entered the game, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) a street performer that performs realistic stunts, he makes things tough for Burt and Anton. Things got so bad that the Bally’s hotel owner Doug Munny (James Gandolfini) put pressure on them to create a new act. From there, things just went wrong. Burt and Anton lose everything when their once long time gig at the Bally’s in Las Vegas is gone. They split up over differences forcing Burt to try and find work elsewhere.
When he lands a gig at a nursing home, he meets his long time hero Rance Holloway (Alan Arkin) and together they build back Burt’s confidence to get back into the game. With the help of his former friend and assistant Jane (Olivia Wilde), Burt is able to get back with Anton and put together a show that will hopefully win them a job at the new casino in Vegas.
Director Don Scardino does an excellent job piecing together this fantastic storyline with the spectacular magic stunts they pull off for this film. Some of the stunts will amaze you and some are so funny that they will keep you laughing. Along with this fantastic dream team of comedians he is able to bring this magical comedy to life.
I was impressed with the work performed on this film. The comedians, actors, directors, and the rest of the team did a fantastic job bringing the world of magic to life. Adding comedy to the film helped bring it over the edge as one of the top comedies of the year so far. This was an excellent film for all ages and it will amaze you till the end.
Final Grade: I give this an A for its fantastic comedy and great magic tricks.
Director: Don Scardino
Runtime: 100 minutes (1 hour and 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language.
Genre: Comedy, Magic
Production Company: Warner Brothers Pictures, and New Line Cinemas.
Release Date: March 15th, 2013