Most will agree that this is a very strong adaptation of the television show to the big screen. It is not an easy thing to bring the zany spirit of the television show along with you when you make the film. Not everything that works on the small screen meets with the same success on the large screen. This version is kooky but not in an overboard way. Those familiar with the series will smile at the fact that several of the characters, the types of humour and some of the music will be familiar to you.
Steve Carell does an excellent job stepping into the two left shoes of Don Adams in the lead character of the bumbling Agent 86. He certainly demonstrates that he understand the essence of the character. Not falling into the trap of just imitating the character the previous actor created, Carell kept the essence of the character and also made it his own at the same time. Anne Hathaway was also a great choice as Agent 99. She and Carell had great onscreen chemistry together.
The headquarters of the United States spy agency Control is attacked and the Chief (Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine, America's Sweethearts) has no choice but to promote eager beaver analyst Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell – The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Dan in Real Life) to the job. Smart becomes Agent 86. Agent 86 has dreamt of the day when he could work alongside the famous Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson – Gridiron Gang, Doom).
Terrorist organization KAOS, led by the mysterious Siegfried (Terence Stamp – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Wanted), attacks the headquarters and almost all the agents are exposed or killed. Agent 86 is partnered with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway – The Princess Diaries, Rachel Getting Married), a female operative who has recently undergone plastic surgery in order to protect her identity. Other agents like 23 are demoted to desk jobs for their own protection. Agent 86 and 99 are off to Russia to find out how KAOS has been able to get their hands on nuclear weapons and to try to stop them.
Spy comedies used to be plentiful in movieland, but they have certainly petered out lately. With the success of "Get Smart", here's to hoping that they are going to make a comeback.
-Get Smart Takes
-Introduction by Steve Carell
-The Old I Hid it in the Movie Trick
-The Right Agent for the Right Job
-Max in Moscow
-Preview of Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of CONTROL
– Get Smart KAOS CONTROL DVD (one more drinky winky) Game