Warner Brothers has released the first trailer for director Don Scardino's highly anticipated new comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, and Alan Arkin. The film is set to open in theaters across the United States on March 15th.
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and Anton Marvelton (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 (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.
I love Jim Carrey, really enjoy Alan Arkin and Steve Buscemi, and Steve Carell has grown on me a bit, but the trailer really didn't impress. I'll still see it, at least for Jim Carrey, but the trailer has really only lowered my expectations (perhaps that will work in the film's favor, though).
Let's face it. They are trying to cater to a market where we have seen so much funny stuff over our lifetime and we are all a bit jaded. Also they have put out some really awful/lame comedy films lately so it is hard to look forward to a comedy in fears of being let down AGAIN. It seems that they have forgotten that good comedy takes a good script and no matter how many jokes they put in about things only immature middle school boys would laugh at it still will not be a funny movie without a good script.
The actors are there and as long as they don't insist on trying to put in some sort of cheesy love story which they do with every single movie for no particular reason, except to ruin the film for me, this might be okay. I am not a Steve Carell fan, so I wish they had put someone else in the lead but we'll see.