Austin Powers In Goldmember (Infinifilm Full Screen Edition)
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Austin Powers is called to action again when his father is kidnapped by his arch enemy Dr. Evil and the mysterious Goldmember.
Not surprisingly, deleted scenes and outtakes are the hands-down highlights of Goldmember's abundant Infinifilm features. Mike Myers's throwaway gags are funnier than Pauly Shore's entire career, revealing how a relaxed set encourages a flood of inspired improvisation. The Infinifilm feature is a handy, alternative method of seeing (and hearing) all of the bonus materials in logical sequence, mostly comprising behind-the-scenes featurettes devoted to costumes, special effects, all-star cameos, make-up, and various "social and historical" aspects of the Austin Powers franchise. The Myers/Jay Roach commentary track is worth a listening for Myers's casual jocularity (and his decent willingness to give credit to others), but their Hollywood compliments, while obviously sincere, eventually grow tiresome. More enjoyable are the pop-up subtitles in the DVD's "Fact Track" feature, adding lighthearted factoids to enhance an already very funny movie. Taken together, these features emphasize the productive camaraderie of the Austin Powers team and the devoted seriousness that the filmmakers bring to their pursuit of the next big laugh. --Jeff Shannon
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Goldmember has little of the originals charm, has far too much toilet humor for most anyones taste, and the title character is so underdeveloped as to be completley unmemorable. Mike Myers is still funny and mostly charming, but gone are the touches that make AP human and engaging beyond the sophomoric. Beyonce as Foxy Brown does a great job in her character and is enjoyable, but her writing and development is stunted as well. The Movie within the movie with Tom Cruise and several A-listers is well done, but it never pays off like it could. There are still a few funny scenes and Scotty finally recieves the respect he deserves from his father, with a twist, which sets up the the franchise for a sequel however, it is easy to see why it did not happen. This movie seems hastily put together as far a concept and writing. It seems like they started with some great ideas and thought that the rest would be filled in "when the magic of the AP franchise began kicking in"…Unfortunately that moment never came. Too bad for fans of Austin Powers and Mike Myers. If MM ever returns to comedy filmmaking, I hope he can keep the caca to a minimum and learns to lean more on a blend of the sincere,ernest comedy he does so well.
The full cast is back Michael York is the incredibly nieve Basil. Seth Green the notoriously jealous son of Dr. Evil. Robert Wagner as the incredible #2 and even the fabulous Frau is back too! Oh, and Mini Me goes through some surprising and hysterical changes
The story is silly and the plot predictable but the way they go through the story and all the sight gags There is visual humor, sight gags, puns and even quips and quibbles that I know I missed because I was laughing so hard. The new twist is that Austin Powers now has another plot to foil by Dr. Evil except this time it is complicated by his father, Nigel. This role was amazingly performed by the genius of Mr. Michael Caine.
Also Mike Meyers is now playing four roles in this movie - Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat B. and now Goldmember.
Now lets talk about Guest appearances - Gwenyth Paltrow, Danny Devito, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg, Britney Spears and Tom Cruise. How's that for a starter...and that's in the first 10 minutes of the movie. Also John Travolta came along for the ride. Mike Meyers did an incredible job getting everyone together and I pleased to see all these Hollywood biggies also have a sense of humor about themselves.
The music is always classic the opening titles are amazing, the cars and costumes are brilliant and the movie is just as fun as it gets. I can't wait for the DVD on this one! 7-30-02