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Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

  Directed by: Jay Roach
Written by: Mike Myers
Starring: Michael Caine, Seth Green, Beyoncé Knowles, Mike Myers, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Robert Wagner
Links: Austin Powers in Goldmember on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 6.00 (3 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 129th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Three's a crowd" - a review by andy-j

Austin Powers is back again for a third outing, once again, facing off against the very evil (but highly incompetent) Doctor Evil. This time Doctor Evil has teamed up with Goldmember, a 70's disco villain, and taken Austin's father captive. But enough about the plot! The plot isn't important. In fact, it's really not that different from the first two Austin movies. The Austin Powers movies have always relied on silly characters, caricatures, slapstick comedy and toilet humour. And while the balance between all three was pretty much spot-on in the first two movies, Austin Powers in Goldmember seems to take some things far too far, yet leave others neglected.

I am a colossal fan of the first two Austin Powers films. What makes them so appealing is that both the Austin Powers and Doctor Evil characters are well defined, mainly by their mannerisms and interactions, which are, at times, hilarious. As well as this, each film contained some very memorable scenes that make me giggle every time I think of them. Unfortunately, Austin Powers in Goldmember contains very few - if any - of these moments. It does have its moments - the "mole" scenes are quite good (they grew on me after a while, I have to admit). The toilet humour is far more prominent in this installment, and quite frankly, the film suffers. The toilet humour is not particularly funny either. Too many of the jokes are rehashes or throwbacks to the first two movies, which, by this stage, just feel old. In terms of humour, there are few surprises. What's really missing though, is Doctor Evil just being Doctor Evil. He doesn't bumble around as much or go off on meaningless tangents, and his interactions with Frau Farbissina (Mindy Sterling) and Number Two (Robert Wagner) are kept to a minimum. As such, he appears as a watered-down version of his former self, and when he teams up with Goldmember, Doctor Evil seems positively intelligent.

Some fresh elements to the storyline have been added. There are more celebrity cameos, and a lot of them work very well and don't go overboard (Britney Spears being a nasty exception). And the flashbacks to Austin Powers and Doctor Evil as teenagers helped to freshen things up a little. Austin's new sidekick, Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyoncé Knowles) is great - a lot of attitude and spunk. The Goldmember character, however, is as one-dimensional as they come - Mike Myers appears to have thrown the Goldmember character in just so he could demonstrate that he can do a Dutch accent - there's very little else to Goldmember. Overall though, these new ingredients don't make up for the fact that Austin Powers in Goldmember is somewhat off the mark, resulting in a film that hasn't got enough going for it. It also didn't help that the previews and "making of" specials showed most of the better parts.

andy-j gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 26 Dec 2002

"Same old, same old" - a review by pearly

Let's face it. Mike Myers thinks repetition is funny. And maybe, just maybe, he's right. Not only is the third Austin Powers installment repetitive in and of itself (e.g. mole), but many of the jokes are just re-hashes of the last two movies, and/or playful jabs at same ("so this is the part where I'm supposed to say ...").

I personally think that if you're writing a movie that consists of joking about the last two movies you wrote, then you're basically writing a movie in order to make yourself bucketloads of money. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, if the jokes are funny enough to warrant a third movie. It's just that I don't really think that Goldmember is funny enough.

Let's get one thing straight. I wasn't a huge fan of the first two. I thought they were funny, but to be honest, if I'm after a good laugh, I'd rather watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) for the 213th time. Chances are, though, if you're a huge Austin Powers fan, you'll be laughing all the way to Mr Myers' bank.

Cameos, in general, are cool. Everyone likes to see a big star popping up in an unusual situation, and that's one of the things that these movies are good for. Particularly notable in Goldmember is a huge personal favourite of mine: yes, that's right, Mr Kevin Spacey has a little spot - in a fabulous role too. This is an example of a cameo done well.

Cameos, however, are not so cool when they are clearly based on the premise that Mike Myers secured a certain person, and had to find a way to slot them into the script, and did so in a very poor fashion. Britney Spears' appearance is the perfect example of this. What the hell was that all about? It was like they tried to put aliens into a dinosaur movie: it just didn't fit, but they were trying to shove it in there anyway.

And speaking of "what the hell was that all about?": the storyline involving Goldmember keeping pieces of his skin. Um, hello? That wasn't funny, it was bizarre and worrying.

I guess my overall analysis of Goldmember is that it was not, as I was informed by most of the cast members in a TV special about the movie, the "best of the three". I'd say it was the worst. It wasn't nearly as cool, or, as Austin would say, groovy. It reeked of trying too hard to capture whatever it was that made the first one so popular. It's the common curse of a sequel.

I wouldn't be surprised if Mike Myers tried to squeeze another one outta this franchise, but I really hope he retires with this one. Enough is enough.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 8 Oct 2002

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Lowest rating: 6 (by em_fiction, andy-j, pearly)
Highest rating: 6 (by em_fiction, andy-j, pearly)
 
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Reader comments

  1. very very funny the best austin powers in the trilogy funny but different characters

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from aimee on Sat 04 Oct 2003 01:04 #

  2. this site was really bad, you've got the film all wrong!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from q on Wed 02 Nov 2005 22:55 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (2 ratings)

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