Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American comedy film and the first film of the Austin Powers series. It was directed by Jay Roach and written by Mike Myers who also stars in the title role. Myers also plays Dr. Evil, Austin Powers' arch-enemy. The film co-stars Elizabeth Hurley as Vanessa Kensington, Robert Wagner as Number Two, Seth Green as Scott Evil, and Michael York as Basil Exposition. There are cameos by Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, Tom Arnold, Rob Lowe, Christian Slater, Neil Mullarkey, and Burt Bacharach, and an uncredited cameo by MADtv star Michael McDonald, among many others.
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This is an extraordinarily funny movie.
Borrowing from several spy movies and shows from the past, it becomes an amazing conglomeration that will keep the viewer laughing. 1960's clothing and temperament are faithfully followed, then amplified to the point of becoming surreal. The plot is also very much in keeping with the story lines of spy movies past, yet expressed in a way that is campy and amusing.
The characters are very well developed! Mike Myers does a fantastic job of portraying a multitude of characters that are hilarious and extreme.
At first, an unobservant viewer may think that the makers just threw a bunch of stuff together... but the reality is, there are many wonderful undertones and details that demonstrate the care that went into making this movie.
Is it "tacky"? Sure. But it's tackiness raised to the level of being an art form. This is a movie that can be watched more than once, and makes a good contribution to a collection.
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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (DVD, 1997)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (DVD, 1997) is an amazing movie. A great comedy of its time and the perfect start to an excellent series of movies.
Mike Myers brings Austin Powers, a secret angent into a semispoof of James bond! Good movie filled with fun times and good laughs.
This is Michael Myers' second best flick. So I Married An Axe Murderer is his best in my opinion. His priceless character-acting from SNL has seemlessly transitioned to the big screen. Dr. Evil is memorable, and Liz Hurley is hawt! Out of all the Austin Powers' films, this is the best. Yeah, baby.
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