Production company: Capella International
Starring: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner, Seth Green
A British secret agent named Austin Powers (Myers) is cryogenically frozen in the 1960's so he can be unfrozen in the 1990's to stop his arch nemesis Dr. Evil (also Myers) from shooting Earth with an enormous missile! But Austin must also adjust to the more sexually restrained era of the 90's and keep his lecherous hands off his super sexy partner Vanessa Kensington (Hurley).
A couple of weeks ago I finally broke down and bought the Austin Powers trilogy on blu ray that I've been eyeing at Target for a couple of months now, I've been dying to rewatch all of them and see if they were anywhere near as good as I remembered them being. Well, we established one thing right off the bat: International Man of Mystery didn't age well, if it was ever good to begin with.
Yeah, I said it! International Man of Mystery could have been better!
This movie was meant to be a spoof on James Bond/spy movies of the 1960's which definitely achieved it's goal! We've got the stereotyped British lingo and bad teeth and psychedelic vibes, there's the classic formula of a dastardly villain with a grand plan to either dominate the world or hold the well-being of the planet for a rather large ransom, and then we've got the sexy cool female sidekick that our hero ends up falling for. Yes, that is all present and accounted for. And there are other good aspects to International Man of Mystery as well!
While the humor is definitely on the sexual/raunchy side of things - there is still lots of clever word play to be enjoyed, as well as ridiculously over-the-top characters, and great laugh-out-loud moments. But it still feels like the movie didn't push as hard as it could have. The humor is there, but it could have pushed the envelope a little bit more. The characters are zany, but they could be been even more so....this movie just needed a touch more umph! But oh well, these characters were barely established and just needed a little time to marinade apparently.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery gets a 3 OF 5 must own for those who enjoy a raunchy/sex-based comedy with heavy spy movie influences. Keep in mind, it's still good but it's just not as great as it could be. Now we'll see how the rest of the trilogy stacks up!
Number One is a let down....better hopes for Number Two?