Movie Reviews: Austin Powers: Goldmember




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     New Line Cinema (1 hr. 33 min.)
     The third installment in the Austin Powers spy-spoof series.
     Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles, Michael Caine, Michael York, Seth Green
Bottom Line:


Myers seems to have the golden touch. You would think an idea to satirize the ‘60s and James Bond films would have run its course after just one outing because there are only so many fart jokes in the world. But, somehow, the Austin Powers films have remained fresh enough to survive as its inspired opening scene attests.

The endurance of Myers’ Austin Powers could be due to the fact that he not only spoofs the 60's, he has carved out his own niche in the world of cinema. The result is that the character doesn’t have to rely on spoofing the '60s spy craze and mod clothes as the only vehicle for moving the pictures along. So, the third installment works.

Of course the film is abundantly blessed with bathroom humor, penis jokes, one-liners, characters named Fook Mi and Fook Yu, and the usual suspects in Powers’ world — Dr. Evil, Mini Me, Number 2 and Fat Bastard. But the film also has a father and son theme.

The film’s premise hinges on Powers saving his debonair father, spymaster Sir Nigel Powers (Michael Caine), from the fiendish Goldmember (also Myers).

Powers seeks the help of Dr. Evil (also Myers), who is now under lock and key in the Georgia State Penitentiary, to help him catch Goldmember. Evil tells Powers to travel back to 1975 where Goldmember has hidden Sir Nigel in his roller disco, Studio 69. Back in the ‘70s, Powers teams up with his old flame "Pam Grier clone," Foxxy Cleopatra (Destiny's Child Beyoncé Knowles) to pursue Goldmember and Sir Nigel back to 2002.

To the film’s detriment, it’s more bloated with splashy scenes and special-effects that its predecessors, and it has more star cameos (which film critics have been asked not to reveal). And while the film does work, Myers, who co-wrote the picture, would have been better off with smarter and tighter script writing rather than relying on all the gimmicks.



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