OVER THE TOP: Jim Carrey plays a masochistic magician in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
OVER THE TOP: Jim Carrey plays a masochistic magician in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

The incredibly bad Burt Wonderstone

Title: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Director: Don Scardino

Rated: M

SOME films go far beyond being disappointing, to entering strange territory that was certainly not intended by the filmmakers, and making societal comments that are pretty tragic.

This comedy is just not funny, it's sad and flat and it wastes the talents of some of the notable players who are lumped with this turkey: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin and Olivia Wilde.

The overkill comedic antics of Jim Carrey are invariably an acquired taste, but as the masochistic magician in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone he lowers the bar considerably.

The movie is directed by Don Scardino, whose background is mostly in television, and various writers have had a hand in concocting the dull, predictable and tasteless script.

Two magician buddies (Carell and Buscemi) have fallen out after many successful years, while a new magician (Carrey) "the brain rapist" (?!!) has stolen their thunder with his extreme and injurious tricks.

Tragically his grotesque form of comedy is a big hit, but it's obvious where this plot is going.

One star for Alan Arkin maintaining some dignity in this cringe-worthy flick.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is currently screening at Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas, Lismore.

CLASSIC IN CGI: Jack the Giant Slayer is one fairytale that works on the big screen thanks to some hi-tech effects.
CLASSIC IN CGI: Jack the Giant Slayer is one fairytale that works on the big screen thanks to some hi-tech effects.

Title: Jack the Giant Slayer

Director: Bryan Singer

Rated: M

THE bean-counters of Hollywood have been seriously dipping into the heroics of Marvel and DC comics, and more recently into the classic fantasy and fairy stories with either poor or mixed results.

So Jack the Giant Slayer seems to be a natural selection, especially with the overblown wonders of CGI.

This new fantasy adventure actually succeeds better than most of the recent fantasy remakes.

The film features a fine cast with Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson as the handsome duo of Jack and the princess; with Ewan McGregor and Ian McShane as the goodies, and Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy as the baddies.

Once upon a time special effects were actually special bits, now many films are effects and the actors are the special bits. While this is largely true of Jack the Giant Slayer, especially in the blockbuster finale, this rousing tale is an entertaining adventure with a light touch of comedy and a large army of hungry giants on the loose.

Jack the Giant Slayer is currently screening at Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas, Lismore


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