Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Get Smart: quite entertaining

Get Smart stars Steve Carell in an action-comedy of secret agents and saving the world. The original Maxwell Smart television series was something I vaguely remember from my youth. Most importantly I remember he used his shoe as a communication device. I always used to play with my own shoephone as a kid. But I digress.

Steve Carell is an office analyst for a secret agency called Control. Supposedly the agency was disbanded after the cold war era, but that was just a cover story. Steve is, to this very day, working for Control, posing as a bumbling Office manager in Scranton, PA. But Steve aspires to be more than just an intelligence analyst. He wants to get into the front lines, G.I. Jane style.

Steve gets to train with a professional wrestler in order to get ready for field work. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is Agent 23, who is one of the best in the business. It's nice when you have the protection of the big guys in the joint.

Well, after years of yearning, Steve gets his wish. He gets to be a field agent! His partner? A stone-cold bitch hardened by years of training under the tutelage of one of the most vicious fashion magazine editors in the world: Agent 99.

Cue all the n00b secret agent comedy, and even some surprises. Great stuff. Grade A for Steve and Anne.