Steve Carell charms his way through his third lead roll in Get Smart, the adaptation of an old television show that I have only seen once. While not a real success, I can’t call this film a failure either.
Carell is Maxwell Smart, a brilliant analyst for CONTROL, a top-secret spy agency for the U.S. government. When the identities of all the CONTROL agents are revealed, Smart is promoted and sent to foil KAOS, the super villains threatening the world.
His partner, Agent 99, played by Anne Hathaway, is the straight man character. She doesn’t really deliver any laughs, but she’s strong, confident and competent. CONTROL’s chief is played by Alan Arkin, The Rock is Agent 23, and several other celebrities appear. The cast is fairly strong and the performances acceptable.
Get Smart delivers exactly what we would want it to; laughter and action. Unfortunatley, there just isn’t enough of either to warrant its nearly two hour running time. There were long stretches without any laughter, which is just not OK. The satire here is not clever at all, many of the jokes are real duds. It’s Carell’s considerable charm that keeps the film going.
Does anyone else think it’s a little weird that this would come out the same week as a Mike Meyers film? I mean, Austin Powers is the most well-known spy movie parody to modern audiences. I think it’s a little weird. Get Smart does not have any of the Austin Powers satire or zaniness, though.
I absolutely cannot recomend seeing this movie, it is not worth your money. Longtime fans of the show may enjoy it, as will big Steve Carell fans. Everyone will probably find it a little too boring to really enjoy.