Magicians movie review
Magicians is a 2007 comedy starring Robert Webb and David Mitchell (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look) that is problematic, but still better than Burt Wonderstone and probably didn’t have the same $30 million dollar budget.
At the outset of Magicians, it’s clear that we’re going to see Mitchell and Webb do what they do best: Mitchell as the narcotic straight man and Webb as the wacky foil. This is OK – again, it’s what they do bets – but the movie feels underdeveloped. I would have liked to see the threads pulled tighter on story elements surrounds Webb’s manager, the father and son magicians and their conflict, and I certainly would have liked the primary characters to be a bit better developed. Also, the writing is weak in several spots, including the fact that the scene where Harry’s Pros and Cons list about dating his assistant is found by said assistant is lifted right out of an episode of Friends in which Ross makes a Pros and Cons list about Rachel and she finds the list. There’s homage and then there’s stealing, but if you’re going to do either, pick better source material.
Magicians isn’t terrible and if you’re not a fan of Mitchell and Webb, this movie won’t really have a ton of value for you, but if you must see a movie about stage magic, this is a much better pick than Burt Wonderstone. I’m giving Magicians a 6.5 out of 10 – a passing grade, but nothing to brag about.
Oh, and just for giggles, I thought I’d mention that Rasmus Hardiker (Saxondale) has a small role in this flick – that dude is great and doesn’t get enough play.