Title: Get Smart Director: Peter Segal Year: 2008 Run time: 1hr 50m
I’d never heard of this, didn’t know about the original TV show until I was reading some trivia afterwards, and just managed to stumble across it in iTunes somehow. It seemed like a Johnny English style movie, but with Steve Carell who I am gradually becoming obsessed with. So, we took some festive time out to watch this non-festive movie.
0:49 - Ye olde iPod. 5:04 - This is a bit like the beginning to the Other Guys. Nerds versus cool field agents. 8:03 - “Yes, they are bad guys but that is what they do, not who they are.” 11:57 - So, there is something to be said for only being adequate at your job! 16:53 - That’s… Bill Murray in a tree. 22:07 - Flame thrower in a Swiss Army Knife is incredible. How has that not happened yet? 28:23 - No chute, and his hands are still tied. This is not good! 29:45 - “Where could you possibly be goooooing?” 34:03 - Dude just stapled someone’s head! 40:20 - A good host always introduces himself, that helps! 46:34 - James Bond reference. 50:17 - I like that he’s not completely useless, it’s more circumstance than anything. 54:17 - “The way I held that guy’s hair while you punched him in the throat, that was nice.” 56:01 - Kremlin gameface. 1:06:22 - “Big people feel pain too.” 1:15:40 - Is that a terribly British bad guy again? 1:19:28 - I can’t quite believe they would leave him with a radio, but still. 1:25:40 - Can’t quite work out if that was a compliment, but he’ll take it. 1:33:19 - Are these plane banners a thing? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. 1:36:58 - It’s all gone a bit BTTF3. I expect her to say golly any second now. 1:39:13 - It never seems like a good idea to wear white if you are a spy.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t a bumbling buffoon of a spy film, but that Carell was actually meant to be a half-decent and intelligent spy. Things just kept going wrong for him, although, of course, it all worked out in the end. I suspect there were a lot of references to the original TV series that went over my head here, but even so, I quite enjoyed it.