Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Director: Jay Roach

Writers: Mike Myers, Michael McCullers

Composer: George S. Clinton

Starring: Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles, Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Michael Caine, Fred Savage, Diane Mizota, Carrie Ann Inaba, Nobu Matsuhisa, Clint Howard, Michael McDonald, Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Britney Spears, Nathan Lane, Katie Couric, Ozzy Osbourne, John Travolta, Burt Bacharach, Rob Lowe

More info: IMDb

Tagline: On July 26th the Secret Will Be Exposed

Plot: Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly-named villain Goldmember - who is working with Dr. Evil.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I totally dig the opening sequence with the fake out with the actors.  Brilliant. The credits dance on the studio backlot is hilarious except for one fucking things...BRITNEY SPEARS.  THE FUCK?  The Soul Bossa Nova tune is going all great guns and then she shows up and goes into a retarded music video for a solid fucking minute.  Even exploding her at the end of it wasn't satisfying (and you'd think it would be, you know, blowing her up into a million shitty pieces).  It's just horrendous.  I love the continued direction of Dr. Evil (Myers) and Scott (Green).  That's funny and so is the big reveal at the end about Austin (Myers), Evil and others.  Loved it.  Michael Caine as Austin's father is a stroke of genius casting and including that piece of film from GET CARTER (1971) is all kinds of awesome.  The shadow scene is hilarious and it's fun to see them take that concept they had in the previous film and get some more life out of it. The peeing statue scene is really funny, too.  But the one thing that really hurts this flick more than anything is the character of Goldmenber (Myers).  There's nothing funny or interesting about him.  Nothing.  And the damn movie's named after him.  It's a huge waste of film.  It's just awful and a sorry excuse for a joke.  Goldmember.  It's like Goldfinger but instead of a gold finger it's a gold dick.  Get it?  How fucking lame.  But, hey, how about that Mini Me (Troyer) switching sides and dressing like Austin?  Now THAT'S funny.  I saw this in the theater 12 years ago and I didn't like it at all.  Now that I've watched it again, it's not nearly as bad as I remembered.  Despite the idiotic Goldmember character, it's a pretty funny movie but it doesn't stand up to either of the first two pictures.  Maybe in another ten years we'll get a fourth one.  Hell, I'll go see it.

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