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Get Smart rides Steve Carell's considerable charm for a few laughs, but ultimately proves to be a rather ordinary action comedy.
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As a reworking of one of the great 1960s TV comedies, you'd think being funny would be its main goal. But you would be wrong. Very, very wrong.
This is a spy comedy which seems entirely unaware of the new genre of Jack Bauer or Jason Bourne, and instead looks more like a Roger Moore-era 007 knockoff.
Overall this is a limp parade of recycled gags and gadgets: an action movie with no surprises and a comedy with nothing like enough laughs.
I often wondered if the filmmakers weren't trying to fix something that isn't broken.
Which words describe this movie version of one of the funniest television shows ever made? Terrible, puerile and a travesty are close, but not angry enough.
One of the more pleasant surprises of the year.
There are a few laughs, but nothing memorable, no biting satire and no clever wit. Most disappointing, there's no real chemistry between the bumbling Maxwell Smart and beautiful Agent 99. A fizzle where there be sizzle.
There's a bit of tonal problem with this bundled blockbuster.
The movie is hurt more than helped by having to carry over character names and shoehorn in the show's greatest hits, Carell and Hathaway's rhythm faltering with every recycled catchphrase.
In a year where even Ghost Rider gets a sequel, Get Smart makes you actually want one.
For anyone who entertained hopes for Get Smart and has not been entertained back, the film's main fault will lie in its wobbly translation.
Get Smart certainly has its moments, but suffers badly from an inability to balance the surreal humor and life-threatening terrorist threat.
It's nowhere near as awful as it could have been thanks to it's strong cast but after it finally decides to wrap itself up in a neat bow, Get Smart adds up to nothing more than terribly average and relatively lame summer material. It's downfall is the fact that it makes little use of it's star studded talent like most massively financed comedies, there was definitely a missed opportunity here. It's fairly dull and runs out of steam about 30 minutes in and decides to go dead serious when it comes to the plot. Which I will point out is all over the place and almost non-existent. There's also a huge problem with the soundtrack because it repeats the same stereotypical spy thriller music over and over and over again. It's not terrible, Steve Carell scores a lot of laughs but after almost 2 hours of having him on screen doing nothing more than his charming face, it really made me think of how brilliant The 40 Year Old Virgin was. Anne Hathaway also does the best with the weak script she's given, she has fun as does Alan Arkin and Terrence Stamp in their perfectly cast roles. But in the end the film as a whole is fairly forgettable, it has moments of good comedy, but that and cleverly crafted special effect sequences can't quite make up for the flaws surounding them.
A funny movie that revolves around Carrell and his antics. The story is not great nor does it make perfect sense, but it keeps the movie moving and Carrell keeps the jokes coming. Main fault is lack of chemistry between Hathaway and Carrell.
It's exactly what you can expect from it. A funny joke here and there. And a medicore plot. I can't mention anything funny. Cause I can't remember it...
Surprisingly good for a remake of a tv show. Carrel, hathaway and Johnson all put on a good show. Well worth your time.
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