Not having the baggage of having seen the original TV series, I was able to look at Get Smart for what it was: a well produced slapstick comedy. For those who don’t know, the plot follows the antics of Maxwell Smart, a dedicated if somewhat inept secret agent and his partner, Agent 99. The laughs come thick and fast as Maxwell’s bumbling’s actually work, and he’s proven to be an exceptional agent, with unusual means of getting the job done.
Of course, without agent 99 there to help him out from time to time, Maxwell wouldn’t be quite so smart.
All up, Get Smart is an enjoyable, light hearted – but action packed – caper that most of the family will enjoy. The acting verges on cheesy for the most part, but this follows inline with the direction of the movie, and the special effects and polish of the movie are all top rate.
Max shows that hard work, perseverance and believing in yourself are the main elements needed to achieve your goals.
Once Max achieves hi goals he doesn’t slack off, neither does he become egotistical.
Some of the action/violence may be too much for younger viewers.
The humour does creep into ‘toilet humour’ from time to time.
FilmGuide recommends that the first viewing of any DVD be a family affair so that parents know exactly what their children are watching, and can talk about any issues raised by the storyline.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: PG – Contains Violence.
Duration: 110 mins.
Genre: Action Comedy.
Director: Peter Segal.
Actors: James Caan, Terence Stamp, The Rock, Alan Arkin, Patrick Warburton, Anne Hathaway, David Koechner, Steve Carell.
Release Date: Available now.