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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Get Smart

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: Loosely based on the TV series of the same name, secret agent Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) of CONTROL must bring down the powers of KAOS, despite his supposed absent-mindedness.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, James Caan, Terry Crews, David Koechner, Patrick Warburton, Masi Oka, Nate Torrence, Ken Davitian, Dalip Singh

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. The joke behind the Get Smart series is that he's a James Bond-style spy with none of the smooth moves and only half the intelligence. In the movie, Maxwell Smart is socially awkward, for sure, but after a series of highly intelligent problem solving spy moves it becomes clear that this Maxwell Smart is not all that bumbling, hardly stupid and possibly even a genius. Unfortunately, the movie would've been a lot funnier if the main character didn't Get quite so Smart.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: So softly, only a person with dog-hearing would know it.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but you may find yourself wondering if you're not a little bored from time to time.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: The trailer was nominated for an award. Which isn't that surprising when you consider that most of the funny parts were in it.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Solid performances across the board, except Bill Murray, who is in the film for about two minutes. And while the purpose of his appearance is not entirely clear to me, he does manage in that limited time to have several moments which are completely false.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: What little comedy there is gets covered pretty well. But in some of the action scenes, it's hard to tell what exactly is going on.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The funniest part of the movie is in the opening credits, when you find out that one of the writer's last name is Astle. Go ahead, say it out loud. It's pronounced like "Castle" without the "C."

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patrick said...

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

Monique Elisabeth said...

Steve Carell does a good job, I think, of walking the line between slapstick and a commitment to reality. If I had to pin point the problem with the movie, I'd say it's the script. It's got all the requisite beats, but it's just nothing special.

Seek said...

Yawn... I loved the series growing up, and was really disappointed with this attempt to honor it. I think Steve Carell could have made it better on one-take improvising the entire movie. It was a joke of a comedy, if you get me...