Last night I drove through pouring rain to the Empire Cinema in Island Bay to watch the Get Smart movie.
Get Smart is a 2008 film adaptation of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry’s 1960s spy parody television series, Get Smart.
I had heard nothing about it, and my expectations were very low. I was tired and grumpy to boot.
I grew up watching the original Get Smart on TV, with Don Adams and Barbara Feldon, and have recently seen a few episodes as repeats.
I left the movie feeling enormously cheered up, and my low expectations were far exceeded. The movie was funny, relatively subtle in its approach, engaging and exciting, and very well done. I didn’t even notice that it’s almost 2 hours long — it easily held my attention the whole time.
It included famous lines, gadgets and gags from the original series, but with reserve, so we ‘oldies’ in the audience could laugh in recognition and then move on.
There were a couple of gratuitous ‘gross’ moments , but again, they existed and then the plot moved right along. The restraint was much appreciated.
The action is ludicrous of course. Characters travelling with no luggage manage to effect several changes of clothes along the way. Chases, fights and explosions are totally incredible. But it’s all good fun.
Anne Hathaway did an excellent job as 99, capturing her looks and mannerisms.
As I watched the movie I assumed the size of the ‘giant’ bad guy was exaggerated with special effects. It seems though that the actor, Dalip Singh Rana, is in fact 7 foot 3 (2.2 metres) tall.
I recommend Get Smart the movie as jolly good entertainment.