Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Movie Review: Get Smart

Don't listen to the movie critics.

I know, that's a pretty obvious statement. They love the stuff that nobody else will watch and hate the stuff that's really pretty good. On a rare occasion they will like something good. I was blown away by how many liked "Batman Begins". That just tells you how truly awesome that movie was.

The critics I heard from really didn't like "Get Smart". Not sure why. A year or three back I downloaded a bunch of old "Get Smart" episodes. What? I didn't have cable growing up so I didn't get to watch all the Nick-at-Nite stuff. So, the show was very Mel Brooksian. Lots of gags that got repeated from show to show. Some awful puns. A funny show when viewed week by week. Kinda lame all viewed together. Probably wouldn't survive a season today.

I thought the movie was funnier. Not a Leslie Nielsen type of humor like the show. Somewhere between James Bond and "The Spy Who Knew Too Little". Ok, that probably doesn't help. It's inspired by the old show, and it pays homage to the old show, but it's a more intelligent humor while still keeping much of the old slapstick. It's a comedy but it's still a quality action/spy movie movie in it's own right.

Steve Carell does a good Don Adams but still manages to make the Maxwell Smart character his own.

I recommend this movie and I will be getting on DVD. I will also be going to see the sequel that they obviously have planned.


Capitol Hill 20210 said...

I was suppose to go see it this past weekend, didn't get to it - that and Love Guru are on my list Mr. Redwood ha

Ibid said...

You'll have to let me know if "Love Guru" is any good. It looks like another "Austin Powers" movie. If it's like AP1 then I might bother. AP3, no way.

Capitol Hill 20210 said...

I loved all of Austin Powers, numerous drinks can make me recite them - more the dr evil lines though..........