Review: “Get Smart” (1995) NR 2hrs 38min
June 5th, 2008 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 4,803 Views
This is an Emmy-winning follow-up to 1965 spy genre spoof TV series conceived by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry.
The plot: In the government organization known as CONTROL, Chief Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) and his seductive sidekick Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon) must outwit the plot to take over the world’s textile industry by the evil corporation/organization known as KAOS.
The good: It’s got some nice jokes, both in dialogs and action. Particularly that Max somehow manages to foil the evil plot even though he’s really bad at using provided “standard issue” gadgetry, like laser pens and shoe phones.
The bad: boring, and that’s probably why the series flopped on Television in the 60s and 90s. One has to wait a long time for a funny joke, and only one or two episodes were more or less funny overall. Even Naked Gun movies were must funnier, and the series certainly do not measure up to Austin Powers.
-Son, you are not ready to become an agent!
-But Mother, I got a B for sneaking up on people!
-No, son. You will be chased, beaten and tortured by most vicious villains!
-And loving it!
- My flashlight is my gun, my gun is my flashlight.
Cast: Agent 66 – Elaine Hendrix | Chief Maxwell Smart – Don Adams | Agent 99 – Barbara Feldon | Trudy – Heather Morgan | Zach Smart – Andy Dick
Credits: Writers – Gary Apple, Mel Brooks, Lawrence Gay, Buck Henry | Producers – Leo Clarke, Lawrence Gay | Cinematography – John Fleckenstein
p.s. Judging by the trailers, Steve Carell’s Maxwell Smart has got the same body language and essence of jokes as the character of the original Mel Brooks’s series.
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