Friday, August 30, 2013

Requested Review #4: Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)



                                              A 'Golden' Film That I Treasure

                     I just got a request from my mother to review a film that we both have always loved and quoted, and that film is the sequel Austin Powers in Goldmember. Honestly, I have only seen bits and pieces of the first two, but who knows if they top this.

                     Story:
                    Austin Powers in Goldmember follows the title character (Mike Myers) who is forced to go back in time in the 1970's to save his father (Michael Caine) and stop his nemesis Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) and his new partner known as Goldmember (Mike Myers). Along the way, he partners with a beautiful undercover agent named Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyoncé Knowles).

                    What I Liked About It:
                   One thing that I really enjoyed Mike Myers and the multiple performances he gave as Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Goldmember, and as his old nemesis Fat Bastard, whom he stumbles across in the middle of the film. Just like with how Eddie Murphy really blends into his multiple characters, Mike Myers does the same thing as when he plays more than one character, it's amazing to believe he is playing all those characters. Beyoncé Knowles also does a pretty good job as Foxxy Cleopatra, a woman who is sassy and fierce yet compassionate. There are even some good cameos from stars like Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, and even Steven Spielberg and Britney Spears.

                   There's not a whole lot for me to add, so I'll just say that I liked how the film knew what it was and what its intentions were. Its humor is pretty raunchy and over-the-top but the film isn't meant to be taken seriously or intended to have subtle, sarcastic humor or anything like that, so I'm glad the film was aware that it was just a fun, raunchy comedy where you can just turn your brain off.

                    What I Didn't Like About It:
                   Nothing.

                    Consensus:
                   Overall, Austin Powers In Goldmember is a sequel that is both hilarious and fun. It may not have been meant to make anybody's Oscar lists, but it was never meant to. It is just a comedy where you don't have to analyze the themes or find any deep meaning. Just simply laugh and enjoy.

Rating: 3.5/5