A funny-at-times spy spoof held back by a too-serious Carrell & stereotypical plot/characters, Get Smart doesn’t cash in on the promise of its title. 4/10.
Plot Synopsis: When members of the nefarious crime syndicate KAOS attack the U.S. spy agency Control, the Chief (Alan Arkin) has to promote his eager analyst Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) to field agent. Smart, partnered with veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), blends inexperience, enthusiasm and ineptitude as he works to thwart a world-domination plot hatched by the wily KAOS chief, Siegfried (Terence Stamp).
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Pros: Some funny gags and one-liners (that would’ve been way funnier if Carrell hadn’t been weirdly serious and monotone-y the whole movie..), Anne Hathaway gorgeous and a badass real spy character and counter to Carrell’s newbie and wet-behind-the-ears screw-up, beautiful Russian scenery, great back-half where Carrell lightens up before the explosion fest ending
Cons: Stereotypical spy plot, soundtrack, and characters, Carrell weirdly serious and taking himself too seriously (talks in the same monotone and dour face the whole movie too..) which turns off the viewer and is uncharactertiscally, and dare I say, not funny – something I don’t think I’ve ever said about Carrell before, a lot of the gags/writing admittedly not funny, far too long 2 hours for a comedy is just brutal, plot holes galore, last 30 min stereotypical Michael-Bay-esque action movie and completely unnecessary as it devolves from somewhat clever spy movie to things blowing up everything,
Official CLC Score: 4/10