Despite it being a really silly, totally unbelievable movie, I laughed quite the lot during Get Smart, so in my eyes, the movie works.
Steve Carell plays Maxwell Smart, the bumbling secret agent of “CONTROL” made popular by the great Don Adams in the classic TV show back in the day. Carell hooks up with reluctant partner, Agent 99, played well by the lovely Anne Hathaway, to bring down the forces of “KAOS”. Hathaway does a really great job. Going in I thought she couldn’t pull off playing a secret agent, even in a comedy, but she was a pleasant surprise. Carell’s already known for being a funny guy, but he does some pretty cool action stuff here, too. I mean, he’s no action star, but he did good.
The whole cast does a good job, from the geeky tech guys, Masi Oka and Nate Torrence, to the smart ass agents Terry Crews and David Koechner, and the baddies, Ken Davitian and the huge Dalip Singh. These are all folks you’ve probably seen before, even if you don’t know their names.
Possibly stealing every scene he’s in is the great Alan Arkin, as Chief. He’s a master of delivery…great job as usual. And I was really impressed with Dwayne Johnson. Yes, The Rock, although he was credited as Johnson, with no “Rock” in sight. Yeah, he has some action scenes here, but he mostly shows off his charm and comedic timing. Great job.
Get Smart is directed by Peter Segal, who has done a string of comedies before, and is now working on a movie about Captain Marvel, the one in the red costume and yells SHAZAM… a movie which has long been rumored to feature Dwayne Johnson as the villainous Black Adam, which he is a good choice for...see how that all ties in nicely?
Anyway, Mel Brooks and Buck Henry created the Get Smart characters for the TV show, and Segal, along with writers Tom Astle and Matt Ember have modernized them for your viewing pleasure.
Like I said, I laughed quite a bit. Flawed? Of course, but fun.