In a year that has been so far dominated by super-hero flicks, this Hollywood adaptation of Mel Brooks’ 1960 spy parody series Get Smart is definitely a breath of fresh air. For some it may seem like a Hollywood avatar of Johnny English. That however, would be a gross understatement. So how smart a movie is Get Smart? Let’s find out, shall we?
This movie brings two of the funniest men in Hollywood, Steve Carell and Alan Arkin, together for the first time since the Academy Award winning Little Miss Sunshine. Though this time it’s Carell who steals the show as Maxwell Smart, Alan Arkin as The Chief significantly adds to the laughter quotient of this movie. Carell is expectedly hilarious and will have you falling off your seat on more than one occasion.
But it’s not just Steve Carell all the way, the banter between Terrence Stamp as the villainous Siegfried and his henchman Dalip (The Great Khali), produces some of the funniest one-liners I’ve heard. Take for example this insult that Siegfried hurls at the big guy: “I’ve found a replacement for you…it’s called a rhinoceros!” One-liners apart, the 007 spoofs are seriously funny.
Overall the movie throws up more than a few laughs and some of the scenes are as funny as anything you will ever see. Consistency however is a problem. The love angle between Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 (Anne Hathway), though more funny than romantic is an unnecessary digression.
At the end of the day, Get Smart may not be as funny as Robinhood: The Men in Tights, Little Miss Sunshine or even the TV-series The Office but light-years ahead of duds like Meet The Spartans . Go watch this one, it’s unlikely that you’ll regret it.
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5.
What the Ratings Mean:
0 – Terrible Beyond Imagination
1 – Mostly Pathetic
2 – Strictly OK
3 – Good
4 – Very Good
5 – Bow Down and Worship!