The is a Steve Carell vehicle about magicians. It has a standard plot that is given a fresh spin by its gifted cast. Steve Carell plays the title character, Incredible Burt. He is half of a Las Vegas magical pair. The other half is his best friend Anton (Steve Buscemi).
While their stage act is designed to feature them equally, Burt gets the spotlight all the time. He gets to wear the plunging V-neck shirt and squeeze into the sword-trick box with their new assistant Jane (Olivia Wilde).
Burt is on top of his world at the start of the movie. He has nowhere to go but down. Burt and Anton’s popularity hit a wall when Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) enters the picture. He is a street magician with a cable TV show that features self-mutilation and torture. He usually performs in the middle of the street.
Gray’s performances get more disgusting as the movie progresses and Jim Carrey plays it for all it’s worth. He doesn’t repeat himself all throughout the movie. It looks like Carrey is getting better at what he does.
Think of Carrey as a very special guest in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. He has a limited screen time but he steals the spotlight every time he is part of the scene. But even if he is not onscreen, the movie is still amusing, thanks to its star Carell.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is formulaic but it manages to stay entertaining through its characters. It is still believable for the fallen-from-grace magician to get the girl in the end, especially when it is established in the start that her childhood dream is to be a magician. In the end, Burt getting Jane makes sense. The movie elicits laughter from audiences and something that is worth watching.