During the late 60’s, the pairing of Don Adams and Mel Brooks made for one incredibly funny show. Now I wasn’t alive when it first aired, but I remember watching reruns of it on TV when I lived in Texas. When I heard that they were making a movie based on the show, and that Steve Carell was starring in it, I was actually excited about seeing it. That almost never happens when it comes to a movie based on a TV show. So let’s get going with today’s movie, Get Smart.
The plot: Agent Maxwell Smart, an analyst for American intelligence agency CONTROL, has passed his field agent testing but is told he is too valuable as an analyst to be promoted. However, when the terrorist organization, KAOS, attacks CONTROL HQ and leaks the identities of all their field agents, Max is promoted to field agent. Along with Agent 99, who is the only other agent available for field work, Max heads to Russia to check out a lead into KAOS’s plans involving stolen nuclear material. After surviving attacks from armed guards and assassins, hindered at times by Max’s own clumsiness, Max and 99 find where KAOS is keeping the uranium and meets Siegfried, the rumored head of KAOS. Max blows up the bakery that houses the uranium but when a CONTROL team arrives to clean up the area and do not find any uranium, Max is arrested under suspicion of being a double agent. While in custody, Max receives a message from a KAOS agent that he befriended that there will be a bomb in Los Angeles. Max escapes his cell, heads to L.A., and manages to convince Agent 99 and the Chief that he is not a double agent when he realizes that his best friend, Agent 23, is actually the double agent. As 23 takes 99 hostage, Max and the Chief must rescue 99 and stop 99 before he detonates the bomb.
Get Smart received mixed reviews from the critics, only earning a 51% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While some critics were positive, several critics were pretty harsh about this movie, with one critic saying, “it couldn’t buy a laugh in a nitrous oxide factory with a fistful of clown noses.” However, the audiences didn’t seem to mind as it would go on to make over $264 million worldwide. This would actually be the highest grossing live action film that starred Steve Carell in the lead role.
Ok, it’s not a perfect remake. I knew it wouldn’t be. But this is still a very entertaining movie. I think Steve Carell was great in his role. I honestly don’t know if there is a better comedic actor out there that could have come close to filling Don Adam’s role. Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin and Dwane Johnson were also good in their roles. While the plot wasn’t anything extraordinary, the dialogue and action were both pretty good. The only thing that bothered me is that they seemed to downplay Max’s bumbling. That was the best part of the show and though there were some really funny scenes with Carell screwing things up, I felt like there should have been more. That is really my only complaint about this movie.
So if you are feeling nostalgic and want to watch a funny movie, then you should give this a try.
Rating: 4 out of 5