Saturday, November 08, 2008

Pretty Dumb (but Kinda Fun)

Get Smart
Movie Review

Was this a great movie? No. Was it particularly funny or suspenseful? No. Was it enriching or memorable? No. Will it make anyone who remembers the Get Smart TV show forget it? No. But was it worth $1 for a RedBox rental and 2 hours on a Saturday morning? Sure, why not.

Thanks to a good cast, including Steve Carrell, Anne Hathaway (admittedly the impetus for my rental), Dwayne Johnson (formerly known at The Rock), Alan Arkin (no relation) and Terence Stamp (I wouldn't know the name either, but he's been in tons of stuff), Get Smart was entirely watchable and not nearly as bad as the reviews made me think it would be when it was released in theaters this summer (though shockingly, as I just discovered, Roger Ebert gave it 3-1/2 stars (out of 4); that's a bit generous).

The quirky Carrell as Maxwell Smart and the beauteous Hathaway as Agent 99 had a fun banter if not particular chemistry; Arkin was great as always in a supporting role (as the Chief). Nothing you particularly need to see, but not bad as a "why not" rental, especially if like me, you see Hathaway evolving into (almost) a modern day Audrey Hepburn.

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