POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
Myers, Beyonce Knowles, Michael Caine, Michael York,
by: Jay Roach
Written by: Mike Myers, Michael McCullers
Produced by: John Lyons, Eric McLeod, Demi Moore, Eric
McLoed, Mike Myers, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Jay
Distributor: New Line Cinema,
14/07/02 UK: 27/07/02
is back as the dentally challenged English superspy
in a time-travelling adventure that reunites all the
characters we love - and hate: Fat Bastard. This time
Dr. Evil has competition as the villain from Goldmember.
The dutchman is so named because of an unfortunate smelting
accident with his wedding tackle.
York Post /
New York Times
you like to see my piles baby... of money, that it"
is back, baby. And after the spoof-of-the-spoof second film,
he's back on track here.
The opening scene is a hilarious pastiche of M:I-2 complete
with John Woo action and more cameos than you can keep track
of. Then we're down to business as Austin (Myers) must face
off once again with his arch nemesis Dr Evil (Myers again),
who has now teamed up with the Dutch metallurgist Goldmember
(an unrecognizable Myers) on a fiendish plot.
Dr Evil is again surrounded by his cronies; sulky son Scott
(Green) is trying to be more sinister so he can regain his
place in Daddy's affections after the arrival of favored "son"
Mini-Me (Troyer). Meanwhile, Austin must travel back in time
to the disco '70s to rescue his estranged, kidnapped father
(Caine) and collect leggy babe Foxxy Cleopatra (Knowles) before
returning to the present to save the planet.
Yeah, whatever! The story makes little sense, but it's such
an ingenious play on James Bond plots that every twist makes
us laugh out loud. Combine this with a constant stream of
outrageous humour--subtle gags, broad slapstick, goofy dialog,
wacky characters, intelligent wit--that, admittedly, is of
the smut variety.
Yes, the film strains at the seams with hilariously vulgar
innuendo. But there's a huge leap in production values after
the cheap and cheerful Part 2. This one has great effects,
lushly detailed production design, elaborate musical numbers
and massive stunts galore. Not to mention all those A-list
cameos. Myers is terrific, as usual. Austin seems a bit restrained
this time, probably because he has to share screen time with
so many other people now!
But Myers' side characters are emerging with lives of their
own (his Fat Bastard even makes an appearance). And the other
actors shine around him, each of them gleefully seizing the
opportunity to steal scenes and make the most of their characters.
All of whom are, of course, set up for Part 4. Green and Troyer
are the standouts as bickering "siblings", and Savage has
a very silly turn as Dr Evil's Number Three, who's actually
a mole for the good guys. If you've seen the film you're giggling
now. Just admit it!