Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2013 End Of The Year Awards- Biggest Disappointment- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

**This posts contains spoilers**

Steve Carell
Steve Buscemi
Alan Arkin
Jim Carrey
James Gandolfini

That's a STACKED cast for a comedy that showed a lot of promise in the trailers and TV spots, and Olivia Wilde is harmless in her role as Jane. But I don't blame the cast for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone's shortcomings.

Yeah, character wise, Jim Carrey's Steve Gray is a bad case of trying too hard to be outrageous and edgy (i.e. a show named "Brain Rapist"), but Carell is enjoyable in the leading role, Gandolfini is his hilarious as Doug Munny, Buscemi is solid in a supporting role as Carell's lifelong friend, and Arkin is good for a few laughs as Rance Holloway.

The problems? Dry jokes, inconsistent, goofy humor, and cliched and predictable storytelling. Burt (Carell) realizing his mistakes, turning over a new leaf, and apologizing to Jane for his mistakes? Yep. You can see "the jerk decides to turn his life around" stuff coming from a mile away, and TIBW's through motions story is tedious, and to make matters worse, they cap off the predictability with Burt and and Jane falling in love at the end. 

I'll give TIBW some credit for switcheroo/Houdini style ending, but it's not enough to save the movie. In the end, TIBW is a boring comedy that's short on laughs, and it's hard to look the other, when you waste a talented overall cast with a cliched and predictable script.

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