Jim Carrey returned to the big screen in fan-pleasing form by way of the opening feature of the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone stars Steve Carrell as a washed-out Las Vegas magician in ghastly sequinned suits whose refusal to change with the times nearly costs him his lifelong friendship with his stage partner Anton Marvelton, played by Steve Buscemi.
Olivia Wilde appears as the testy duo’s trusty assistant, but the real box-office draw is Carrey as Steve Gray, a long-haired and egotistical street magician whose repertoire of dubious crowd-pleasing tricks includes drilling a hole through his head and snoring obnoxiously on a bed of hot coals.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which goes on general release later this month, was the maiden big-screen outing for the director Don Scardino, a two-time Emmy winner whose television credits range from 30 Rock to Law and Order.
“It’s got tremendous heart and tremendous smarts,” explained Janet Pierson, the director of the SXSW film festival that runs in tandem with the 10-day event’s interactive segment and prior to its indie music series.
This year’s line-up of SXSW films includes a Fede Alvaraz remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 horror classic The Evil Dead, the comedy crime drama Spring Breakers starring Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez as restaurant robbers, and a raft of independent documentaries.
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