This Rotten Week: Predicting Burt Wonderstone And The Call Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-03-10 16:37:22discussion comments
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Itís been a fairly strong start to the year for the Rotten Watch and itís time to keep the critical prediction train rolling. This week weíve got Carrell, Buscemi and Carrey going magician and Halle Berry getting on the horn.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
I consider myself something an amateur magician. Iíll pull coins out from behind your ear all day long. I can make my thumb look like its detaching from my hand. Give me a towel and itíll appear as if I only have one leg. Hand me a twenty dollar bill and youíll never see that thing again. It disappeared, magic! So Burt Wonderstone and crew would seem like its right up my alley.

Combine the cheesy, jokes-on-them cornball veneer of David Copperfield-like magic with a Steve Carell/ Steve Buscemi/ Jim Carrey comedy trio and youíre thinking some comedy gold potential. Add in the long flowing wigs, suede suits and seemingly endless Las Vegas entertainer jokes, and that seems like a recipe for serious laughs. Except based on the trailers, they may have missed the mark. What would have once been considered something of a comedic dream team, now comes off as a bit over-the-hill, with jokes coming off tired and forced.

Carellís comedic chops often come from playing the every-man, sappy doofus. And to some degree he might be playing that character, when out of the magician suit-- a washed up dude looking for a ďmagicalĒ spark. Except that whatís happening around him doesnít line up with the ďrealityĒ Carrell needs for his comedic wheelhouse. Think why Crazy, Stupid, Love (78%) and The 40 Year Old Virgin (86%) klled while Evan Almighty (23%) and Dinner for Schmucks (43%) came up short. Carellís subtle cadence needs an understated environment to operate. This isnít it, especially with a guy like Carrey on board.

So Iím not surprised Don Scardinoís (significant television resume with shows like 30 Rock and 2 Broke Girls) film has critics fairly underwhelmed. Some of the hate might stem from raised expectations considering the cast, but itís also worth considering that throwing comedians on screen together doesnít necessarily mean greater laughs. The whole is less than the sum of the names on the marquee. Critics are voicing this. No magic happening here. The Rotten Watch for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is 30%

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