Before I watched this film, I read the reviews of the press and most of them weren’t great. I am unfortunately one of those guys who will put himself off watching it because of those bad reviews. I’m gutted I did as this film was simply the personification of brilliance from start to finish. It’s slick, stylish and downright comic excellence. Even for a film like this, the special effect and general action would put even James Bond to shame. It’s exciting, quite emotional at times, cool at others and just downright silly at the times that are left.
Steve Carell plays Maxwell Smart, a secret agent who desperately wants to get on the field. The government agency he works for known only as CONTROL are infiltrated by an evil agency known as KAOS which compromises the identities of all the current field agents. So in order to battle this force and still stay a secret, the chief of CONTROL puts smart on the field and assigns him the title of agent 86 partnering him with the much more experienced Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). Max looks up to his close friend and one of the best agents on the field, Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson). He is the James Bond of CONTROL and it’s no surprise that Max wants to be so much like him.
This is just a really light hearted and fast paced film. I guess it could just be labelled a comedy, but that would just ignore the other great aspects of the film. The action is done really well and isn’t the tacky type comedy we have come to associate comedy movies when they feature action. Some of the sequences are genuinely unique and truly edge of your seat. The chemistry between Hathaway and Carell is great and one scene in particular expresses the comedic chemistry between the two. The laser room scene which is somewhat of a cliché for spy movies is superb in this.
Carell is the usual silly guy we have come to know and love, his ridiculous expressions and perfected comic timing are all present. It’s also very pleasant to see the wonderful Anne Hathaway in a leading role where she isn’t the damzel in distress, or the naive teenager. The Bill Murray cameo is also something quite special as agent 13, he’s only there for a moment and has about three lines but it’s always great to see Bill Murray on our screens. It also seems quite a wrestler fest as well, obviously with the inclusion of Dwayne Johnson as agent 23 but also WWEs The Great Khali as the cliché middle eastern, giant bad guy. Johnson doesn’t take his character too seriously, which is something he always manages to shine in playing but manages to pull out the acting stops when he has to enter into the action man role.
An awesome movie all round and is definitely worth it just for the sky diving scene and the laser room.
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This film is the first I’d seen in YEARS where I actually laughed often during the entire film! Steve Carell is a fitting Maxwell Smart, bringing the personality and humor the character requires. (I’d been a fan of the old tv series, watching re-runs on Nick at Nite.) He’s really the only man for the job that I could even picture in the role. And Anne Hathaway steals the show as the beautiful Agent 99. Anne and Steve compliment each other in every scene with hilarious, witty dialogue and facial expressions that only they can do. The Rock was also awesome as Agent 23. And Alan Arkin is surprisingly side-splitting as the Chief! I laughed at everything he did/said! SEE THIS FILM.
I don’t go to very many movies at the theater, usually wait for the DVDs to come out. Get Smart, however, is one movie that I saw twice at the theaters. Laughed my head off both times. Steve Carell plays an excellent Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway is great as his beautiful and sexy sidekick. If you remember the TV show you’ll love this movie. The nuances connecting the movie to the show will make you smile.