A few days ago, we got our first look at Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi playing Vegas magicians (with fake-bake tans and blonde mullets) in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, the new comedy from Horrible Bosses co-screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein and director Don Scardino (30 Rock). But does the movie have anything to offer, beyond the hilarity of seeing those lovable character actors dress up in sparkly burgundy magician costumes?
Well, the Incredible Burton Wonderstone trailer is now online – and although it may not go down as the funniest preview of the season, it suggests there is more to this flick than a one-joke premise (warning: if you’re sick of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” popping up in trailers, you might want to take a pass on this one).
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.
Rounding out the cast are such people as Olivia Wilde (People Like Us), Alan Arkin (Argo), James Gandolfini (Killing Them Softly) and Gillian Jacobs (Community).
The trailer quickly passes over more intimate story details, like Burt and Anton’s falling out (or the former’s journey of self-discovery); which might be for the best, since those elements sound rather formulaic. Instead, we get a taste of Carrey as a Chris Angel-like (insane) street performer, Arkin as the irascible retired trickster who inspired Burt in the first place, and a sense of the film’s overall (refreshingly? Surprisingly?) tame sense of humor. Again, maybe not a modern comedy classic, but The Incredible Burt Wonderstone looks reasonably entertaining.
Not to mention: after this film and next summer’s Kick-Ass 2, we should have a better idea as to whether or not Carrey can still play funny outlandish types (and how that bodes for him returning as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber To).
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens in U.S. theaters on March 15th, 2013.
Source: Warner Bros.