Get Smart

June 22, 2008 at 9:00 pm | Posted in movies, tv shows | 1 Comment

Siegfried: How do I know you’re not from CONTROL?
Maxwell Smart: If I were from CONTROL, you’d already be dead.
Siegfried: If you were from CONTROL, YOU’D already be dead.
Maxwell Smart: Neither of us is dead, so I’m obviously not from CONTROL.
[long pause]
Shtarker: That actually makes sense.

Get Smart
AMC Stony Brook – June 20, 2008

As a fan of Steve Carell’s work since Bruce Almighty, I looked forward to seeing his latest endeavor: the film adaptation of the classic TV Show Get Smart. Though too young to remember (or even come across reruns for) a full episode of the 1965 original series, I have gathered through pop culture references that the adventures of Agent Maxwell Smart is a parody of the Bond series, a non-British Austin Powers if you will.

Go go Gadget movie! A fun romp filled with action and frivolous jabs at the spy movie genre. Steve Carell (NBC’s The Office, 40 Year Old Virgin) is a brilliant casting choice for Maxwell Smart, a well meaning and geekalicious researcher turned Secret Service Agent for CONTROL. Carell’s career has consisted of many outstanding performances, including Dan in Real Life (worthy rental!) Dare I say, he is quickly becoming a modern-day Bill Murray in my book. 🙂

Well-matched with Anne Hathaway (Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diaries) who also executes the role of Agent 99 with distinction. The single flaw in her character is that she was reconstructed from an older woman in her late 40’s to… well, Anne Hathaway. It’s not Anne’s fault, but her frame and body just does not appear and perform the way this character would require. Passing off the compromised identity complete with facial transformation as a justification for casting a younger actress is a somewhat weak excuse, regardless of who ended up in the role. (Rumor has it the Rachel McAdams and Jennifer Love Hewitt were also considered for the part.) Excellent supporting cast also includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Agent 23, Alan Arkin as the Chief, and Masi Oka cameo! Yay!

All in all, I had fun and enjoyed myself. And for a movie like this, isn’t that all you can ask for?

RATING: ***/5 (Liked it more than I thought I would, but it was just good. Poet and I know it.)
Recommendation: See it or rent it. It’s a thumbs up.

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  1. Enjoyable movie although a bit too long. The dance scene was brilliant! But to pick on plastic surgery as some kind of fatal flaw in a *comedic* *fantasy* with *spy gadgets* is absurd. Next you’ll be saying that you just can’t enjoy Austin Powers because you don’t think anyone has teeth that bad.


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