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Get Smart – A Total Blast! July 3, 2008

Posted by drowmage in Get Smart, Movie Reviews, Movies.

Lately I’ve encountered a whole load of crap in the cinema. ‘Jumper‘ was one, ‘10000 BC‘ was another; ‘Indiana Jones 4‘ should have been left in the closet; and though I know I’m a little late in catching up with this, but ‘Shrek The Third‘ was the ugly green dud of the year.

So it’s a little refreshing to walk out of the hall chuckling and chortling over the last 2 hours of unexpected fun. As I did today, when I bought my 6 ringgit ticket to watch ‘Get Smart’.

I didn’t read a single review about this movie, I didn’t watch a single trailer; and I didn’t even bother to find out what it was about. All I knew was that it was a toss-up between ‘Wanted‘ (this is a sure winner for the scissor-happy Censorship board), and ‘The Incredible Hulk‘.

Since I’ve had it with ugly green creatures ruining my movie experience, I decided, stupid or not, I’d rather spend my time with the 40 yr old virgin. Mind you, I thought this was going to turn out to be another ‘Johnny English’ or some random-spy-movies-in-the-past-year-which-was-so-bad-I-can’t-remember-the-names. I’m glad I was proven wrong.

Since I’m too lazy to write an actual full length review on the show, let’s sum it up here :

Synopsis: Maxwell Smart (Steve Carrell) is an agent (more of an analyst, really) at the super secret government agency called CONTROL. He yearns to be out in the field, fighting off CONTROL’s enemy, KAOS, as an undercover agent. Will he get that chance, to be one of the ‘guys’? When he is partnered with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) in order to infiltrate KAOS’s sinister plans in a surprising twist of events, he goes all out to prove that he is more than just the average joe. (revealing more will spoil the fun for you)

Anne Hathaway: Gorgeous. God, I love seeing this girl’s face! Oh, surprisingly, she’d not half bad as a spy agent. Though I kept thinking of her as the sweet nerd from ‘Princess Diaries‘.

Steve Carrell: This man is forever stuck in ‘The Office‘ role. He’s only good for his deadpan act. I say he’s a passing fad, but for now, he’s struck our funny bones for a bit.

The Rock: Oh, I know we’re supposed to call him Dwayne Johnson or something now, but think about it, why waste our breath with an extra syllable? He doesn’t do much here, pretty wooden at times which is sad because I find that he has a fairly meaty acting chop somewhere; but the character he was given here was just kinda stereotyped.

I give props to James Caan, who acts as the President. They don’t say which President he is, but y’all know only one pronounces nuclear as ‘noo-ku-ler’.

Overall: I haven’t laughed this hard since ‘Hot Fuzz‘ and ‘Police Academy‘. Oh, my sides.

I know it’s probably not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But hey, some people hate veggies too; but it’s still good for you.

Oh, did I mention Mel Brooks as the consultant for the film? That’s what made it even more cool!

Get Smart Poster (linked to www.firstshowing.net)

(pic from http://www.firstshowing.net)



1. patrick - July 9, 2008

Get Smart looks pretty good over all though it seems like Steve Carell is veering toward an excess of slapstick humor

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