Movie Review - Get Smart

Monday, June 23, 2008

Movie Review - Get Smart

Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin.

Rated PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence, and language. Running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Get Smart is a remake or rather a new take on the television series of the same name. The premise is a bumbling secret agent with heart. Thus, the story of Get Smart is close to formula as it has the bumbling agent team up with a super agent and go after some bad guys as they are the 'last hope.' The story itself is rather boring however the comedy bits spread throughout are the reason to watch. Get Smart is an excellent escape of a movie that never takes itself seriously.

I found myself laughing way more than I ever thought I would at a flick produced by Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles) and based on a TV show I didn't particularly enjoy. Overall, the film changed my mind and rather quickly as the jokes start up soon and are spread throughout evenly with lots of good action sequences. Nothing is excellent as the movie isn't going to redefine comedy or action as we see it today, but it will entertain you for 2 hours for less than $10 bucks.

The lead roles are played by Steve Carell as the bumbling agent and Anne Hathaway as his partner. The two make a great on screen team and lend much of the movie its heart and soul. Steve Carell is an excellent choice to take on this role and brings a unique freshness to the part that charms you into caring about him. Anne Hathaway is a brilliant partner and holds up well during the action sequences without seeming awkward. The rest of the cast is rounded out by well-known actors and actresses that compliment the leads. Lots of interesting cameo's show up including an amazing little bit with Bill Murray. My only wish is that Bill Murray had a bigger part.

The special effects, action, and stunts were all handled very well and only add to the movie. Nothing is stand out spectacularly though which is probably good as the comedy should take center stage in this flick and it does. There are lots of jokes in this film and they all work well. A couple are so good I could not stop laughing. I really enjoyed this movie and all its parts. It's a decent film with lots of stuff to look at and keep you entertained. Get the popcorn and sit back and enjoy!

Get Smart is playing at Cinema 3 in McCook. Check out for more information and showtimes.

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  • I saw the movie last night and absolutely loved it. I would definately recommend it.

    -- Posted by TannerLytle on Tue, Jun 24, 2008, at 4:39 PM
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