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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Don Scardino, 2013)

March 15, 2013

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Throwing in James Gandolfini as a hotel chain owner, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has a group of talented performers on game, appealing form. This is important to note, because the film is only tolerable rather than torturous because of its cast’s charisma. TV veteran director Don Scardino and the film’s multiple screenwriters (including Freaks and Geeks star and Horrible Bosses co-scribe John Francis Daley) frequently fail to set up the comedic material in an effective manner, and virtually every joke in the film is a stale miss. The screenplay also has real problems with focus, with a tone of cloyingly bland sentiment present from the beginning, but then being crudely interspersed with a more extreme, farcical brand of comedy more akin to something like Anchorman. The two styles just don’t flow well in unison…

Full review at Sound on Sight

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