(WLTX) - Las Vegas has always had plenty of magic acts - but is the town big enough for these egos?!
Well, Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton were there first. They grew up perfoming tricks from their Rance Holloway magic kit and now headline at Bally's. But their friendship seems to have dissipated over time.
Meanwhile, out on the street, there's a guy who is making bigger sacrifices for the sake of the art. Steve Gray will hold his eyes open longer than anyone...while being pepper-sprayed! He'll sleep an entire night on hot coals!! He'll do whatever it takes to VIOLATE YOUR BRAIN!!!
In an effort to win back their rapidly-depleting audience, Burt and Anton try a stunt of their own. When it doesn't go according to plan, they head their separate ways. Burt tries to maintain the act on his own while Anton travels to impoverished countries where the kids can't afford magic. Will Burt be able to reconnect with his love for magic, his best friend and, thus, his overrated reputation?
I laughed several times throughout this sleight-of-hand comedy. Yet, I still expected it to be funnier. However, I can't say the same for my fellow attendees. They howled from start to finish. And, when Jim Carrey was on screen, I was right there with them. But Steve Carell's title character wasn't the most likeable of heroes and, despite some heavy-handed efforts, never quite connected on the emotional level they were going for.
Still, it IS funny. Just not as funny as the actual people that are being ridiculed.
"Incredible" might be false-advertising - but "Burt Wonderstone" is still worth a look.
By Lee O. Smith, News19 Movie Reviewer