Austin Powers In Goldmember

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By: The Dweeb

 

January 2003

DVD Features

Video: 2.35:1 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, Dolby Digital 2.0

Beyond The Movie:
MI-6 International Men Of Mystery Documentary
Disco Fever Documentary
English, English Documentary
Fashion vs. Fiction Documentary
Fact Track
All Access Pass: Filmmaker Commentary: Jay Roach and Mike Myers
Deleted Scenes
The World Of Austin Powers (Segmented Documentary): Jay Roach & Mike Myers Creative Convergence, Confluence of Characters, Opening Stunts, The Cars of Austin Powers In Goldmember, Anatomy of Three Scenes Visual FX Segment
Music Videos: Beyonce Knowles-Work It Out; Britney Spears- Boys; Ming Tea- Daddy Wasn’t There; Dr. Evil and Mini-Me- Hard Knock Life
Theatrical and Teaser Trailers

Theatrical release: 2002
DVD released on 12/3/2002 by New Line Cinema
Running time of 95 minutes

Starring: Michael Caine, Beyonce Knowles, Mike Myers, Seth Green, Verne Troyer, Robert Wagner, Michael York

Director: Jay Roach

Plot:The “shhhh!” hits the fan when Dr. Evil and Mini-Me escape from prison. Joining forces with the superfreaky Goldmember, they kidnap Austin’s father, master spy Nigel Powers (Oscar® winner Michael Caine), in a dastardly time travel scheme to take over the world. Before you can say “Shake your booty,” Austin cruises to 1975 and teams up with sexy Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles R&B group Destiny’s Child) to stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem.

 

 

Well, I certainly hope this is the last sequel of the Austin Powers series, it has grown tiresome and this film shows it. I was very disappointed with this last installment. Starting with one of the best opening films sequences ever, it went downhill after that I think. Basically, this film turned into a string of music videos intercut with Myers mugging for the camera. There were still certainly some bright spots in there, but for the most part it didn’t work for me. It just wasn’t funny.

It took a very long time for the plot to get started, and I was sitting there wondering what the point of the film was. Just way too many dance numbers and gags. The film basically just recycled old stuff from the previous two films, giving us nothing new. Ozzy even said it himself. And the overt commercial product placement is getting just way out of hand. They should have been able to give this movie away free with that much advertising in there.

Although Mike Myers is a very talented and funny guy, I think he overdid it. He played just way too many characters, and in this film they have started to blend in a little. Before, in the last two films, each character was distinctive in their speech and mannerisms. Now, a lot of them sounded the same, and it ruined the illusion that these were separate characters. I knew it was Myers in a different outfit, unlike the last two where you forget that it is one person playing all the roles. The cuteness factor has left the building.

I still like his Dr. Evil, he is the best one I think, but the Goldmember character was just dumb. He made no sense at all, he was the most irritating of the bunch. Every time he came on, the film came to screeching halt. Should have kept Fat Bastard in it more.

The rest of the characters played their usual roles, except Scott Evil (Seth Green). He finally comes out from under his daddy’s shadow and expands a little bit. We finally get to see more than just a punk ass kid, now we have a whiney punk ass kid. He’s still ‘quasi evil’.

This disc was released under the Infinifilm banner. It supposed to give a more interactive experience as you are watching the film. It’s a nice feature, and it shows up under the scene and you click on it and it takes you to a “making of” feature for that particular spot. The sound and video transfer is quite good. There are also a lot of other things included with the disc, although it was a little hard trying to find the extras. There is also this “revoice” studio item, I didn’t try it, but I guess you can dub over certain scenes with your own Austin imitation. Probably would be better if I didn’t. Oh Behave!

I was disappointed with this film. The magic is gone as they say, and hopefully they won’t make another one after this. Although they did leave that possibility open at the end of this one. I hope not, it would suck even more than this one! Stick with the first two films.

Reviewer’s Opinion: BORROW IT!!

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