Get Smart

My expectations were pretty low coming into this movie.  In my mind there was no way they could up date something so dated as Get Smart.  I have to say that I stand corrected.  Get Smart runs about 1hr and 50 mins (some would say that’s a little too long) but it really didn’t feel that long.  The casting of Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart was dead on.  Not just because of the resemblance but Carell is a very balanced comic.  He can be subtle and he can also be physical.  For those of you that are not familiar with Get Smart here’s a brief synopsis of what Get Smart was:  Get Smart was a show created by Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles) and Buck Henry (The Graduate) which ran for 5 seasons (1965 – 1970) it the cold war spy genre.  Agent 86 Maxwell Smart was an agent of CONTROL the enemy agency was KAOS.This updated version is more of an origin story.  Maxwell Smart an analyst desperately wants to be an agent.  After taking the agent exam for the eighth time he finally passes but the Chief (played by Alan Arkin) says Max is just too good at his job to be promoted.  Suddenly CONTROL headquarters is attacked leaving all CONTROL agents identities compromised.  The chief has no choice to but to promote Max and partner him up with Agent 99 (played by Anne Hathaway).  The team is first sent to
Moscow to track down an arms dealer working for KAOS.  The dance scene at the arms dealer’s house is one of the funniest moments in the film.

Director Peter Segal did a very good job of giving this movie the feel of a Bond film while making it funny as some of his previous work.  It delivered on the action as well as the laughs.  I have no doubt that a squeal is in the works for this franchise.

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