Review: Get Smart

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Short version: Get Smart manages to combine slapstick, wit, action, and a bit of romance in a package that will leave you smiling even after you leave the theater.

get smart reviews Review: Get Smart

Well I’ll be damned.

Based on the trailers and clips I’d seen, I wasn’t sure what sort of review I’d be giving Get Smart. Imagine my pleasant surprise as it opened with a laugh out loud scene and an extended nod to the original series that felt more like tribute that rip-off. It wavers a bit upon take off but once it gets going Get Smart delivers a great and fun ride.

We meet Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and immediately figure out what sort of fellow he is: very analytic and detail oriented, a guy who lives for the fine details of analysis within the scope of his job at CONTROL. The agency is supposedly no longer in existence, thought to have faded away with the cold war, but they’re still around and competing with the CIA.

Max has always dreamed of becoming a field agent and is on his eighth attempt at passing the exam. He and other “nerds” are the butt of jokes by the some of the field agents, but they have an ally in the coolest field agent of them all: Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson).

At the start of the movie Max has never met Agent 99 (the most lovely Anne Hathaway), but when he meets her immediately rubs her the wrong way with his condescending manner. Events transpire that thrust him into the field and them on a mission together where they must track down nuclear weapons under the control of their nemesis: CHAOS. That organization is run by a man called Sigfried (played with bone-dry humor by Terrence Stamp).

Despite Max’s inexperience in the field, 99 comes to grudgingly respect his abilities. That’s not to say that he is a born super-spy of course – anyone who is even remotely familiar with the original series starring Don Adams and Barbra Feldon knows he is a well-meaning, but bumbling fellow who only manages to accomplish anything through sheer luck.

Our Rating:

4 out of 5
(Excellent)

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  1. Nice review. I’m looking forward to seeing it this weekend.

  2. i wonder how will it do against the incredible hulk in the box-office

  3. I think the trailers look hilarious..My wife and I were laughing our butts off..Besides I think Ann Hathaway has such a intelligent sexy charm….and Steve Carrell is FUN….NEEE!!!

  4. Vic, your reviews are getting harder to predict these days.;-)
    From what I gather the trailer is ill-concieved because your review dosnt make sense from what I saw.

    Its going to be interesting to see who wins this weekend.

    I have a feeling Hulk is still going to be No 1 or 2. But maybe not? Tough one to call.

  5. Correll is a great choice to play Smart. I loved the show when I was a kid . I hope its good and that it makes a ton of $$$$$$$.

  6. As of today, Get Smart is doing well. 13mil for friday.
    Tracking to bring in around 33 mil. (Better than I predicted).

    Sadly the Hulk is down and the Love Guru looks like a total bomb at 6mil.so far.

  7. Right now ,I am sitting here and remembering my Get Smart film experience
    AND LOVING IT!
    It was a job well done by all concerened.
    GO SEE IT!
    Not a very objective review but a truthful one.

  8. Get Smart was very funny. Carell was the perfect choice for Maxwell Smart, and Ann Hathaway….HURT ME, BABY, HURT ME!!! My wife was hysterical at the bathroom scene on the plane.