Get Smart is a comedy riot. Now playing, Get Smart is the newest movie adaptation of a Mel Brooks and Buck Henry television serial by the same name aired in the late 1960s.
Hilarious to its core, Steve Carell now takes the role of Maxwell Smart, a top analyst of the secret American defense agency, CONTROL, who awkwardly completes his missions to thwart KAOS (a terrorist organization and CONTROL’s nemesis).
Smart dreams of being a field operative and today is the day the field entrance exams scores are posted. Smart makes a great score, but the Chief has decided to keep him out of the field because he says he needs Smart’s analytical expertise.
However, after Smart returns from a break, the headquarters has been pillaged and KAOS has killed all active agents, making room for agent 86 (Smart).
Having just now been promoted by the chief and paired with experienced Agent 99, an agent no one knows (played by Alan Arkin and Anne Hathaway respectively), Smart’s career jets off as he attempts to foil a nuclear war-head proliferation plot by KAOS and prove his worth as an agent.
After infiltrating the war-head production site, Smart and 99 must return to the United States to stop a new assassination attempt on the president by KAOS.
Although capitalizing on comedy, the film still performs well and fills many scenes with copious amounts of action. Smart always cuts to the heart of problems, finding friends and enemies in unlikely situations.
Using some of his gadgets, the help of his colleagues, his extraordinary luck, and his infamous tact, Smart manages to make the world safe again.
Although I find Peter Segal’s movies hit or miss, I found a great well of entertainment flowing from the screen of Get Smart.
Every actor was able to squeeze in an enormous amount of comedy without it feeling forced.
Steve Carell was the front-runner, but Arkin, Hathaway, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and many others pulled everything together so wonderfully.
Almost every actor is an accomplished comedian. In fact, almost all of the U.S. security heads in the film were portrayed by skilled comedians. It was sublime how the comedy kept up with the action on screen.
If you enjoy the lighter side of espionage or just seeing a secret agent hurt himself in many humorous ways, Get Smart will definitely put a smile on your face this summer.