Get Smart review

The first time I watched Steve Carell was when he played Evan Baxter, opposite Jim Carrey    in Bruce Almighty. That time I believe most people hardly know him until he come out in the Americanized version of The Office. Since then, he starred in many mostly successful comedy movies and the latest one is Get Smart

Get Smart is actually a remake of the same title tv series which was quite popular in the sixties. I’m not gonna waste my time comparing this movie with the original one because first, I never watched the tv series. Secondly, I was not even born yet in during the tv series heyday and third, I don’t give a crap about sixties tv series as most of them are crap anyway (except for I dream of genie)

This time around, as Maxwell Smart a.k.a agent 86. Carell is cast together with other great ensemble such as Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. IMHO all the cast are great and you can even see everyone’s favourite “Heroes” Masi Oka played as a small supporting role in this movie.

30 seconds into the movie I’d already laughed out loud when some alleged Arab terrorist made a “get the harpoon” reference when he saw a pretty big women passing by him: P. Starting from that point onwards, it’s a laughing “affair” until the end of the movie. Get Smart is very different from other spy spoof movie because the main actor, particularly Carell doesn’t need to try too hard to deliver most of the jokes and I think it’s good for the movie. Unlike Austin Powers, Johnny English or even Leslie Nielsen in most of his movie, Carell doesn’t need to act stupid or wickedly dumb to deliver his jokes. His natural and “selamba kodok” expression like what he did in The Office is enough to make everyone laugh.

Anne Hathaway successfully delivers her role as a sexy agent 99 who was paired with Max in an emergency, mismatched partnership. Academy Award winner, Alan Arkin was great as a grumpy boss who later pickup up a fight with vice-president of USA just because he always mocked and his advice wasn’t taken seriously by everyone in the security council. Lastly, Dwayne Johnson portrayal as super-agent 23 was better than any of his acting in his previous movie that I have watched.

Anyway, I think this movie is perhaps one of the best comedies in 2008. Thus I give Get Smart a whopping 4 out of 5 stars! Watch it in a theater near you and I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.


About roymcavoy
Nothing much..... Just an ordinary, regular, straight 27 years old who lives in Malaysia

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