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Get Smart Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 09 July 2008

Get Smart

If anyone can reincarnate the great Maxwell Smart it is Steve Carell. Smart is a CONTROL analyst who dreams of one day becoming a field agent in the battle against KAOS.  Due to a series of unlucky circumstances he is given his chance.  The hilarity begins almost immediately with Smart's almost use of the cone of silence.  The cone of silence is a ridiculous contraption that is meant to allow participants in the cone to speak without any danger of outsiders hearing what they say.  Unfortunately it doesn't work well.  Instead of isolating the particpants' conversation from the outside, it isolates the participants from each other.  Invariably the cone session ends with the conversants yelling at each other and ending the conversation in futility.  Somehow Smart is oblivious to the cone's quirks.

Just as with the TV series, Smart is teamed with Agent 99 (played by Anne Hathaway) in a crucial mission to stop KAOS.  Unlike the TV series, Agent 99 is a lethal and well trained agent.  The 1960's TV series didn't see fit to show 99 with quite the same level of feminine power and aptitude.  The movie version of 99 was much better.

Compared to the TV series, the relationship between 99 and Smart is reversed.  The modern Smart is smitten with 99 while she goes from oblivious to his overtures to outrightly rude with reminders that it is a professional relationship and nothing more.  Again, this reversal makes a lot of sense and does much to make the movie better than the TV series.

One weak point in the movie was the introduction of Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock).  Agent 23 didn't appear in the TV series and he was not entirely necessary to the story.   In some ways he detracted from the main feature, Smart and Agent 99.

Finally, it was nice to see Hymie at the very end of the movie.   I had forgotten completely about him until he appeared.  I hope there is a sequel.

As a side note, there is a spinoff DVD already out called "Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control".  This is a parallel story that happens during the same time as the Get Smart movie but follows the life of the two CONTROL technologists Bruce and Lloyd.  This looks like it might be just as funny as the movie.

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