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Vulcan Stev’s month-late movie review… “Get Smart”

0729417QAr1.qxdOrginally posted at the Dire Cafe Septeber 16, 2008

Steve Carell … Maxwell Smart
Anne Hathaway … Agent 99
Dwayne Johnson … Agent 23
Alan Arkin … The Chief
Terence Stamp … Siegfried
Terry Crews … Agent 91
David Koechner … Larabee
James Caan … The President

Reviewers: V.S., PIT #2, PIT #3

Would you believe a cinematic tour-de-force to rival Gone with the Wind?
Would you believe a theatrical experience worthy of multiple Oscar nods?
Would you believe 110 minutes of laugh-out-loud comedy?

The cliche would be “Missed it by that much.” Fortunately for us the cliche is wrong in this case. If the audience at the Center Theater is any indication of the likability and humourous aspects of this movie, Peter Segal and Steve Carrel captured the feel of the 60’s TV series perfectly.

Steve Carrel channeled Don Adams. Agent 86 is the same bumbling man updated for 21st century. Agent 99 is not the girl sidekick that Barbara Feldon was, she is cut from the cloth of Angelina Jolie’s ‘Lara Croft’.

The ubiquitous shoe phone makes its appearance but is also replaced by a swiss army knife worthy of James Bond.

Maybe I think too much like a writer, but the “surprise” plot twist telegraphed itself to me with the attack on CONTROL’s HQ

Overall rating 6 pointed ears.

VS – 2 ears: I have fond memories of watching the original series in reruns after school. I didn’t have high expectations for the movie as I’ve seen what Hollywood had done to TV shows (especially comedies) to make the jump to the BIG screen. For every “Fugitive” there are 5 “Car 54 Where Are You”s. Get Smart was fast paced. Laugh out loud funny at nearly every turn. The director and producers captured the essence and feel of the series and did it very well.

PIT #2 – 2 ears: Caught the Bill Murray cameo before I did. He has never seen the original but still loved this film meaning it plays to fans of the series and newcomers as well.

PIT #3 – 2 ears: The explosions and train chase made up for the “kissing” and “boring” ballroom dance scene. He was a little confused by the “surprise” plot twist, “Is he a good guy or a bad guy Daddy?”


January 27, 2009 - Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , ,

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