When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, The Chief (Alan Arkin) has no choice but to promote his over-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23 (The Rock).
Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). As Smart and 99 get closer to unraveling KAOS’ master plan – and each other – they discover that key KAOS operative Siegfried (Terence Stamp) is scheming to cash in with his network of terror.
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
The story is predictable secret agent stuff, with some bad guys (led by Terrence Stamp) trying to steal nuclear weapons. But it provides a good excuse for a fairly regular string of gags, which hit more often than miss.
The casting is spot on. Carrell often looks as if he has stepped straight out of the 60s and Anne Hathaway’s Agent 99 even dons a Barbara Feldon wig at one point. There are many references to the series, in particular when some classic cars get put to good use.
There’s still something a bit been-there-done-that. After Austin Powers and Johnny English, the spy spoof genre has been wrung dry. Thankfully, Get Smart manages to keep energy levels up and surpasses modest expectations to become a fun little comedy that proves that sometimes, if you’re lucky, your favourite classic TV show makes a good film.
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Light entertainment is the aim of this snappy action-comedy, as right from the start it’s clear that this film doesn’t... More take itself too seriously. Scenes where the action and intensity are raised are punctured with humour to get you laughing again. By possessing a healthy balance of slapstick, cringe moments and slick one-liners, Get Smart hits the right note for this generation of movie-goers. The cast choices are also spot-on for the task of crafting a modern, refreshed version of the show for a newer and younger audience who may be unfamiliar with the series. Johnson is super-suave as usual and Hathaway nails the sexy, action-girl type persona needed for her role. Carell wields the deadly comedic timing and presence that is so familiar to him and which is crucial to the success of both the character and film.
Overall Get Smart is an extremely easy-going film which requires no prior knowledge of the original series in order to enjoy its inspired characters and humour, although there are several nods to the original in there which may pass you by if that is the case. In terms of modernising a classic for a new generation, Get Smart would have to be rated a success.Hide
BY Sarah-Burt wannabe
As an avid watcher or the reruns of this as a kid i was apprehensive that they might of ruined the show, but luckily it wasnt bad infac it was quite enjoyable. I think the right balance between the comedy and action was reached, although this maxwell smart was slightly less unco than the original.