Get Smart
The movie is based on an old TV show of the same name, and I refuse to pun the name in this review (such as ‘Get Smart and Go See This!') or whatever. So I'll just get into i... wait, did I just pun the name in my explanation not to pun it? DAMNIT! Anyway... Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is an incredibly smart desk-bound agent for CONTROL, head up by the Chief (Alan Arkin). After all the agents are compromised in names and looks, including Agent 23 (Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson), CONTROL is forced to make Max into a full-time field agent, Agent 86. Now in his dream job, Max teams up with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), who is able to work the job because she had recently gotten facial reconstruction, and goes to Russia to find out what the evil KAOS group is doing with some nuclear materials and stop them.

I have to say, this movie was pretty funny. The first half, though, tended to be either hit or miss. What I mean by that is, some of the jokes were set up to be great and then they ‘missed it by that much.' They were still funny, but not as funny as they really could have been. However, as the movie goes on, it gets better/funnier. And while the majority of the jokes are predictable (because you know what to expect from a slapstick comedy), they're still effective and funny. And I loved the entire bit with the plane bathroom and the parachute stuff soon after.

The acting was done pretty well, even by Miss Hathaway. And I must say, she's a great deal of eye candy in this movie. Though The Rock's character was a bit underused in the middle (I don't care if he's trying to be more serious by going by his real name... he'll always be The Rock to me). Oh, and there's a great small/secondary role by Heroes' Masi Oka that's really fun.

I actually don't have much more to say about it. I thought the movie was really funny, and Anne Hathaway was really nice to look at. There are some cool action stunts toward the end, too. Overall, a really good movie. It's pretty much what I expected it to be (a fun, goofy, slapstick comedy). Oh, and look for a brief cameo appearance by Bill Murray, too. It's pretty funny.

Reviewed by: Nick
10 Comment(s)
Shea said...
I used to love the old show on Nik @ Nite...

for some reason I lost all motivation to see this one in the theater though....

I am sure I will catch it with my dad or something....
Adam said...
Hmm... well, fair enough. I was going to review this for the site but uhh... guess I'm not now.

This movie was pretty awful btw - in no way was it 3.5. There was maybe 20 minutes of this movie that was funny, the rest was just dumb - and wasn't like the old TV show at all, the subtle clever humor in the vein of "Clue" and such was no where to be found.

2 stars tops.

The best was seeing anne hathaway in all of those revealing dresses.

The whole movie was hit or miss, with 90% of it getting no where near the target at all.
Shea said...
Adam.... i felt these trembles in the force. That is why I vowed not to go to the movies this weekend and waste my time.
Nick said...
Adam: lol... sorry. I just got an email from Shea saying anything was fair game for the reviewing... but nothing said the movie was already taken.

You should know, I'm a very fast reviewer. I always write the review to a movie as soon as I can after viewing it (which, usually, is immediately after).
Dr, Squib said...
I had a great time with this one. However, I was really expecting Smart to be a bungling idiot like he is in the original show, so I was a little thrown off for a while. Once I got past that, I enjoyed myself.
Adam said...
Yeah, I mean... just silly. It had potential to be good, but in the end it was like... Austin Powers but not funny or remotely clever.

It's the kind of humor that even Ernest would look down on
martha said...
i really liked this one, actually. and i was surprised. i mean, i laughed in the previews and stuff, but i just had this feeling it would be one of those experiences where all the funny parts had been shown in the previews. but i laughed a lot throughout and had fun watching it. it didn't change my life, but i obviously enjoyed it more than adam :)
Maybe it's just because I've seen a lot of subpar comedies lately, but I thought this was really funny. I would agree with the 3.5

A little corny, but there were some gut busting funny parts in this movie which I think is difficult to do these days...
Shea said...
Ugh... was bored out of my mind. My dad who usually loves this humor fell asleep.

2 stars at the very very most.
Shea said...
Just plain stupid. Could this be the slow spiral of Steve's career? Did anyone see Evan Almighty?