Get Smart (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition)
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Get Smart (DVD) (WS) 2008
Comic superstar Steve Carell takes on the role of Agent Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway steps into the shoes of sexy Agent 99 as the two superspies out to save the world from the nefarious forces of KAOS in this romp based on the classic television show created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry.]]>
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These folks took a page from the Mission:Impossible crew on how to translate an old TV show to a decent movie:
1. Have a decent budget for a good script and good effects.
2. Hire some A-list actors.
3. Respect the things that made the original special.
4. If the theme song is a recognizable, well-composed classic, keep it.
I'm not really a fan of Steve Carell, but he's pitch-perfect as Maxwell Smart. His deadpan delivery is spot on.
I am fans of Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin, and they both turn in good efforts. I've like Anne since The Princess Diaries, and Alan since he captured the enigmatic Yossarian in Catch 22 (forty years ago!).
Ex-athlete actors can be a risk for pushing the cheesiness factor too far, but Dwayne Johnson does reasonably well here. His entrance is quite funny, and even though his character is supposed to be a prima donna type, he never hogs the spotlight.
Terrence Stamp is an underappreciated talent - the Christopher Lee of his generation, as far as I'm concerned. He's the ideal choice for the super-villian Siegfried, and has the line in the movie that made me laugh hardest:
Siegfried's assistant: Too bad about all the dead movie stars.
Siegfried: Yes. What will we do without their razor-sharp political advice.
The original series was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, and they were brought in as consultants on this effort. I think this helped get the right feel for the characters, not to mention the running jokes from the original series ("Would you believe...", "Sorry about that, Chief.", "Missed it by that much.", Etc.), which are not overdone and generally integrated nicely into the dialog without being too forced.
There are some flaws. A few scenes do go on too long. The "get past the criss-crossing lasers" scene and the chase scenes at the end are the best examples.
Seriously, this isn't a top-ten all time comedy. But it was funny. I'm sure some don't like the slapstick, and it is quite easy for slapstick to slip over into cheesy and boring. But I don't think that happens here.
Steve Carell plays Maxwell Smart, a secret agent who desperately wants to get on the field. The government agency he works for known only as CONTROL are infiltrated by an evil agency known as KAOS which compromises the identities of all the current field agents. So in order to battle this force and still stay a secret, the chief of CONTROL puts smart on the field and assigns him the title of agent 86 partnering him with the much more experienced Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). Max looks up to his close friend and one of the best agents on the field, Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson). He is the James Bond of CONTROL and it's no surprise that Max wants to be so much like him.
This is just a really light hearted and fast paced film. I guess it could just be labelled a comedy, but that would just ignore the other great aspects of the film. The action is done really well and isn't the tacky type comedy we have come to associate comedy movies when they feature action. Some of the sequences are genuinely unique and truly edge of your seat. The chemistry between Hathaway and Carell is great and one scene in particular expresses the comedic chemistry between the two. The laser room scene which is somewhat of a cliché for spy movies is superb in this.
Carell is the usual silly guy we have come to know and love, his ridiculous expressions and perfected comic timing are all present. It's also very pleasant to see the wonderful Anne Hathaway in a leading role where she isn't the damzel in distress, or the naive teenager. The Bill Murray cameo is also something quite special as agent 13, he's only there for a moment and has about three lines but it's always great to see Bill Murray on our screens. It also seems quite a wrestler fest as well, obviously with the inclusion of Dwayne Johnson as agent 23 but also WWEs The Great Khali as the cliché middle eastern, giant bad guy. Johnson doesn't take his character too seriously, which is something he always manages to shine in playing but manages to pull out the acting stops when he has to enter into the action man role.
An awesome movie all round and is definitely worth it just for the sky diving scene and the laser room.
The movie is supposed to a slap stick goofy Robin Williams/"Three Stooges" like comedy. It actually got on my nerves. After it got going it was OK. But I cannot stand the stumbling bumbling sometimes painful routines that people pass off as comedy. But if you like those "Home Alone" movies or "Three Stooges" you like this.