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Austin Powers in Goldmember (BD) [Blu-ray]
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It's been three years since Austin Powers' (Mike Myers) last encounter with his deadly archenemy, Dr. Evil. But after Dr. Evil and his accomplice Mini-Me (Verne Troyer) escape from a maximum-security prison, Austin, that international man of mystery, swings into action for another comedy caper. Teaming up with the mysterious Goldmember, Dr. Evil (also played by Myers) hatches a time-traveling scheme to take over the world, one that involves the kidnapping of Nigel Powers (Academy Award and Golden Globewinner Michael Caine), Austin's beloved father and Englands most renowned spy. Chasing the villains through time, Austin lands in 1975 and joins forces with his old flame, streetwise and stylish detective Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles). Together Austin and Foxxy must find a way to save Nigel, stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem--and survive the dawn of disco.]]>
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Its barely a shallow movie, either. If anyone knows the background to the Austin Powers series, you've probably heard about Mike's amazing devotion to his father, Eric. (note the name of the production company.... Eric's Boy) And, what subject perpetuates Goldmember, in jest or in somber truth? Family and fatherhood. No, this isn't Shakespeare, but he is contemplating an issue in a special way that only a comedian can do. It is as if he is laughing at the Mike Myers that made the first two films. On that level of self-realization, the film is hardly shallow. If comedies aren't your bag, or you have to cry all the way through something for it to say anything to you personally, that's fine, but lets remember that this is a comedy, folks. Laugh a little. It won't hurt. I promise.
With that, I tip my hat to Austin, Dr. Evil, Fat, and Goldmember. Mike is one of the most talented comedians of our era, and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.
This is a movie that I desperately wanted to like because I thought the first film was brilliant and Mike Myers seems like a genuinely nice guy.
But this movie is just not funny.
I got that sense right after the opening cameos, about five minutes into the film, when Austin mugs into the camera. This is the kind of desperate technique used by a character whose hoping to get by on charm alone.
But someone can only say "Yeah, baby" so many times. Austin passed that point in the second film, and despite being the title character, he has absolutely no humor value anymore.
Dr. Evil, who was funny in the second film, meets his comic demise early in this film, when he banters with Scott, a take on the "Shhh" and "Zip it" routines from the first two films.
Fat Bastard was gross, not funny, in the second film. This time he followed the same formula, but kicked in an insulting product plug to boot.
The Goldmember character is so dull he doesn't even warrant description, but I'll provide one anyway. His big schtick is that he eats his own peeled-off, dead skin and he's really flexible. Once again, I'm not sure how this passes for humor.
Foxy Cleopatra sucks. Sorry.
The bottom line is that Myers and New Line knew they had a cash cow on their hands, so no real effort was put into this film at all, aside from the cross-promotional efforts with Taco Bell and Subway. They just pieced a bunch of recycled celluloid together, threw it on the projectors and reeled in your eight bucks.Read more ›
From the great opening scene to the surprise ending, replete with cameos by Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Danny Devito, the Ozzie Osbourne Family, Steven Spielberg, Britney Spears, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Nathan Lane, Katie Couric, and John Travolta, the film is a laugh riot. Austin Powers (Mike Myers) still has his mojo amd, together with his gorgeous female sidekick de jour, Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles), sets out to rescue his father, Nigel (Michael Caine), from the evil clutches of the notorious Dutchman, Goldmember (Mike Meyers). To do so, they must go back in time to 1975, the era of disco fever.
Fan of Dr. Evil (Mike Myers), Fat Bastard (Mike Myers), Number Two (Robert Wagner), Scot Evil (Seth Green), Frau Farbissina (Mindy Sterling), Basil (Michael York), and Mini-Me (Verne Troyer) will be happy to know that they are all back in this film. Mini-Me very nearly steals the show, and he does this without ever uttering a single word. Fred Savage joins the party as Number Three/The Mole and becomes a running sight gag throughout the film for reasons that will be obvious to the viewer.
The only problem in the film is with the character of Goldmember. He is the weak link, as he is simply gross and not particularly funny. What was Mike Myers thinking? Notwithstanding the fact that the title character is pretty much of a zero, however, the film is still hilarious, overall.Read more ›
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