Yesterday was a big day for me. A day that I had marked on my Fraggle Rock calendar for quite some time, not that I needed a reminder from the over-advertising they did, but Get Smart opened yesterday! Now, I know some of the reviews haven?t been that favorable and the trailer didn?t look all that promising either, but it?s Get Smart. You can?t pass that up, at least I can?t.
Nick at Nite was a major part of my childhood and Get Smart was always my favorite. In fact, I bought a bootleg copy of the series before it actually came out on DVD, to clarify I don?t encourage doing that at all. I also bought it again when it was available in the legit way. I?m a huge fan, let?s just keep it at that and leave my sordid past out of this. Honestly, that?s as seedy as it gets with me. Someone who has a Fraggle Rock calendar with ?Get Smart opens today!? written on it can?t be too much of a badass, I?m not hiding anything from you guys.
The movie is exactly what you?d expect it to be. If you go in wanting to criticize it you probably will. If you just want to have fun and enjoy two hours, maybe have a few laughs, then you?ll do that instead. As you could have probably guessed I went in with the latitude (that’s the portmanteau of “latter attitude”). It?s obviously not the most profound movie ever and it?s not even the funniest, but it?s a good time and well worth the matinee price I paid.
The ending was typical Hollywood and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Sometimes I like that though. Now that I think about it, the entire movie was oozing with Hollywood typicality. Boy meets girl, girl plays hard to get, but they end up together in the end, then you throw in some funny bits and action pieces and you?ve got yourself a big time Hollywood summer blockbuster. I?m sort of mocking it in that way, but I still liked it.
The best part was the casting. I knew Steve Carell would be the perfect Maxwell Smart. I can?t imagine any other current actor in that role. This is going to turn into me gushing over Steve Carell I can feel it happening already. Must fight the urge. He always plays the “endearing idiot that doesn?t know that he?s an idiot” so well. Two other small, but wonderful, performances were by Masi Oka and Nate Torrence, who play Bruce and Lloyd, two nerdy tech guys at CONTROL. On July 1st they?re releasing a spin-off DVD called Get Smart?s Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control, which follows what was going on with those characters while Maxwell and Agent 99 are off fighting the bad guys in Russia. It looks cheesy, but I?m sure I?ll watch it.