Release Date
March 15, 2013
Director
Dan Scardino
Screenplay
John Francis Daley
Jonathan Goldstein
Chad Kultgen
Tyler Mitchell
Distributed By
Warner Bros. Pictures
Budget
$34 million
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language
100 minutes

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Definitely nails the Will Ferrell movie not starring Will Ferrell, which is unfortunate, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” provides mixed feelings in most regards. Had Will Ferrell taken the leading role instead of Steve Carell (whom I do not really care for anyhow), this would have been a much more tolerable film, as Ferrell’s dead pan delivery and on the mark expressions (or lack thereof) are what makes these ridiculous comedies the bread and butter that they are. However, Carell’s performance comes off as mere imitation rather than genuine and controlled.

Most of the film, you dislike Mr. Wonderstone, and even in the final acts of the film, you still hold a bit of resentment. Jim Carey steals the show in this one, as does his character. His return to physical comedy roots are what make the film the gem that it is and though this will never reach classic comedy levels, it will remain one of Carey’s best performances to come out of the last decade or so. Never overly funny, never completely lacking, this film falls smack in the middle of mediocrity, having had huge potential and instead decided to cast Steve Carell in a Will Farrell film.

 

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