To recap: first episode, pretty awesome. Second episode #prettyterrible. And third episode?
In general, all of the things you may have loved about the Austin Powers debut film return here as progressed elements.
Likewise, the shoddy aspects of episode two are herein absent or otherwise fixed.
I was pleasantly surprised.
Mike Myers recovers some of the real-life mojo he seemingly lost in the shag-a-flopic middle piece.
The character of Goldmember (played by Myers) is a significant improvement upon the generally stale Fat Bastard.
Beyoncé Knowles is pretty darn good in this film as well.
I was skeptical coming in. Didn’t really know her as an actress. Only slightly know her music.
But there’s a reason I didn’t know her as an actress. Because this was her film debut.
Thank you Wikipedia.
Now we’re getting somewhere…
However, perhaps the most genius (evil genius?) dimension of this film is the dream-within-a-dream fourth-wall-destroying cameo sequence of Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, and John Travolta (among others). Lot ‘a Scientologists there…
The big add-on, however, is Michael Caine. It was really a choice bit of casting to introduce him into the mix.
That said, I’ve been a bit harsh on Mike Myers. Really, it is formidable that he pulls a Peter Sellers by playing Austin, Dr. Evil, Goldmember, and Fat Bastard in this film. They are all distinct characters. In truth, Myers succeeds admirably by way of his talent for dialects. Dutch is such an odd choice (as a spin on English), but Johan van der Smut (aka Goldmember) is indeed a novel attempt.
888 to you, my friend!
Yes…it’s not coming to the Criterion Collection anytime soon (unless it’s April 1st), but that’s alright. After a grueling day this might be just the perfect film to make you forget for a moment.
Crack a laugh if you can.
Heartily recommended for James Bond aficionados in need of psychic adjustment.