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Thursday, March 14, 2013

To See or Not to See: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

It's the North:

Should you go to a theater or should you wait for the DVD?

If you love film, it's a question you often ask yourself.
Sometimes the answer is easy: THE AVENGERS is something you want to see on the big screen.
Sometimes it's really easy: you probably don't want to sit in a theater for 270 min. to watch CHE.
However, every week, I get that urge to go see a new movie. Not watch a new movie, go see one.
The problem with that, is simple: sometimes there is nothing "worth" seeing. 

Should you go see this in the theater?
Or do you wait for the $1.28 Red Box DVD rental?

Here's the breakdown:

The Pros: 

1. Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey .--- That's a quality Big 3. 
2. I enjoy Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini and Alan Arkin. --- Nice Support Staff.
3. Don Scardino. --- He's from TV, but that TV was Directing/Producing '30 Rock'. 

On paper, we have a good movie. 
Carell always delivers.
Jim Carrey is making his comeback this year, with this and KICK-ASS 2.
So we "go to there" , right?
Not yet. 

The Con:

1. The reviews are not good.  Not Good At All. 

A 38% on Rotten Tomatoes pretty much means one thing: it's not funny.
The score is not because reviewers dislike Steve Carell.
In fact, they love him. 
Good comedy, usually gets recognized.
That's because a funny comedy makes for a great theater experience.
I had a bootleg DVD of SUPERBAD with the audience laughing and it was awesome.
I always preferred to watch it with the laugh-track because it was like being in the theater again.
Conversely, sitting through an unfunny comedy is one of the worst times in a theater.
You get fidgety, and hope that it ends as soon as possible.
I hate bad comedies and really hate wasting a bunch of money on them.

Final Judgement:

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE has enough to make me see it . . . when it hits DVD.
The number and nature of the bad reviews means no opening day trip to the picture shows. 
Sorry Jim and Steve, but I'm in comedy-waiting for ADMISSION on 3/22.
Is it possible I catch a BURT matinee in a few weeks?
Maybe . . . if it's still out then. 

1 comment:

  1. Admission? really? I don't know about that one.

    Probably too many people with beards on Rotten Tomatoes.