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By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

Previewing the Good, Bad, and Ugly of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and The Call.

 No time to dawdle.  It’s time to move.  Can a magician pull a number 1 box office out of his hat?  Or will Halle Berry have to make a call?  First up…  Abracadabra!

 

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

 

When a street magician's stunt begins to make their show look stale, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton look to salvage on their act - and their friendship - by staging their own daring stunt. *

 

The Good – Don Scardino steps away from the television ranks to direct his first movie since 1999’s Advice from a Caterpillar.  New and old styles clash as Jim Carrey’s Chris Angel-like illusionist attempts to force out the reliable Siegfried & Roy stylings of Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi.  While I’ve come to appreciate Mr. Carell’s more indie films like Seeking a Friend, it’s his more straight comedy films that are his forte.   I admit Date Night was a bore, but he still shined in his starring turn as The 40 Year Old Virgin and Get Smart, as well as his roles as the sidekicks in Anchorman and Bruce Almighty.  Jim Carrey also looks to be having a ball as the new guard magician.  Then there’s Olivia Wilde.  Thumbs up from me.

 

The Bad – This trailer reminds me more of a Will Farrell movie.  I could easily see him stepping into either Jim’s or Steven’s role.  That’s not a good thing.  I have not been a fan of many of Will Farrell’s movies (exceptions towards Anchorman and Stranger than Fiction).  For the trailers to remind me of him strikes the wrong chord.  I know I may be lonely in this assessment, but I’m having trouble looking past it.

 

The Ugly – So Jim Carrey has held his pee for 2 weeks?  How many idiots will try to match that feat in the real world?  I’m begging it would be none.

 

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language.

 

THE CALL

 

When veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted, she soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life. *

 

The Good – Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin’s in it.  That’s about it.

 

The Bad – Another WWE film.  Unlike last week that looked halfway decent (critical ratings said otherwise), this looks to be more in the WWE’s ring.  AKA, it looks like crap.  Halle Berry is somebody that has wasted her Oscar win, appearing in schlock like Perfect Stranger and Catwoman.  Her portrayal of Storm in the X-Men franchise reeked of bad casting as she gave one of the most lifeless comic book heroes ever.  Not to mention she is one of the worst Bond Girls in its 50-year franchise.  Here, she looks to be “phoning it in” again.  There is nothing about this trailer that gives me any hope for the final product.  My advice, avoid it.

 

The Ugly – Anybody see the film Cellular where Kim Basinger gets kidnapped and has to call a random person to help?  Yep.  Same exact plot.  At least Cellular has Jason Statham being awesome.  This one… not so much.

 

The Call is rated R for violence, disturbing content and some language.

 

That will do for this week.  Tune in next time when the White House gets attacked by Neanderthals.  Until then, sorry I’m not home right now.  I’m walking in this spider-web so leave a message and I’ll call you back.

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