While watching “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” I noticed the film lacks a familiar ingredient. Yes, it’s missing creativity, vision and character development. But it lacks a certain actor who is all too familiar to films missing these ingredients.
Where is Will Ferrell?
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” stars Steve Carell in a very Ferrell-esque character. Burt Wonderstone is a promiscuous, arrogant magician who loses everything because of his larger-than-life personality. After a rival magician springs up (Jim Carrey), Wonderstone must rekindle his friendship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) and fight his way back to the top of magician-hood.
No, I did not just describe the plot of “Anchorman,” “Talladaga Nights,” “Blades of Glory,” “Semi-Pro,” or “The Other Guys.”
Again, where is Will Ferrell?
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is about as original as the headline to this review. But this by-the-numbers comedy still offers a few chuckles. Carell is still one of the funniest actors in Hollywood, especially when he dons an atrocious blonde hairdo in “Wonderstone.” His sidekick, the ill-toothed Buscemi, shines in a role he rarely plays (he’s not a creepy rapist this time).
But I was dreadfully disappointed by Carrey’s performance. His character, Steve Gray, is an uncomfortable combination of Johnny Knoxville and an 80s heavy metal rock star. Carrey’s over-the-top outbursts can still bring a few laughs. He tries to bring as much depth to his sadistic character as possible, but he ultimately falls flat. Quite frankly, he’s just not as funny as he used to be. Like Ferrell, Carrey appears to be on the downward slope of his acting career.
Here’s to hoping Carell doesn’t follow the same washed-up careers as Ferrell and Carrey.
Jared Huhta is a sophomore history education major. This review reflects the view of the writer only.