Friday, March 15, 2013

Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi play childhood friends who became master magicians, headlining at Bally's in Vegas.  Of course, all good things must evolve or become obsolete, and they are being outshined by a new-school illusionist, played by Jim Carrey.

There's a lot to like here.  Carell and Buscemi do a great job sending up magicians like David Copperfield and Lance Burton.  And Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin shine in their supporting roles.  But it's really Jim Carrey who steals the show with his David Blaine-esque performance.  It's been way too long since we've seen him do his unique brand of comedy, and it's great to have him back.  As big budget Hollywood comedies go, this one's a winner.

Grade: B+