Is it safe to suggest that magicians and illusionists are making a comeback? Probably not, but today’s trailers feature a pair of films that seem to think otherwise.
‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’
As always, Steve Carell promises laughs by playing a loser without a clue. Yet the movie itself doesn’t look all that amusing, even with the likes of Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi and Alan Arkin in the cast. I like the start of the preview with the ‘Harry Potter’ knockoff music, but the remaining two minutes fail to produce even a smile. In fact, the plot about two competing Las Vegas magicians (where Carell is some kind of farce on David Copperfield and Carrey parodies Criss Angel) feels several years too late. I’m waiting for the Blu-ray.
‘Now You See Me’
Louis Leterrier, director of ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and the ‘Clash of the Titans’ remake, promises a better magic trick in this film about a bank heist involving four high-tech illusionists. Although it feels oddly reminiscent of the mystery in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Prestige’, the movie seems quite entertaining, especially if it comes with more scenes like the handcuff switcheroo between Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo. Woody Harrelson looks to be the comic relief while Morgan Freeman surely provides somber seriousness. I likely watch it, most definitely on Blu-ray.
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