I make a point of NOT reading reviews before I see a film, because I prefer to form my own opinion without being influenced by others. However, I had heard that most of the reviews for Get Smart have been negative, so I was a little worried about it.
Well, that worry was unwarranted. I loved the movie! Of course there was some dumb stuff and ridiculously unbelievable action scenes (how come nobody ever complains about those in the Bourne series?). But I laughed out loud—and I mean LOUD—several times throughout the showing.
As I'd expected, Steve Carell was perfectly cast as Max. I loved that he didn't try to play the role too broadly. He treated the character with respect, which is what made the funny scenes that much funnier and the touching scenes that much touchier.
I was impressed by Anne Hathaway as well. I hadn't thought she would have the right combo of sass and class to pull off Agent 99, but she was good and the two stars had great chemistry together. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Adam Arkin, and most of the other supporting characters were terrific as well. The only disappointment for me, cast-wise, was Terence Stamp. Maybe the fault lay with how the part was written, but he just wasn't Siegfried to me.
I also liked the way they incorporated the familiar elements of the original series—the catch phrases, gadgets, etc.—without hitting us over the head with them. (I was also surprised at how many things I'd forgotten from the original. I mean, how could I ever forget Hymie the robot? Classic!)
I don't know how well the movie will play for people who aren't diehard fans of the TV show. But if you loved it as much as I did, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
And if you do see it, please come back and let us know what YOU think!