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Myers excellent, however...
on 25 July 2008
Mike Myers (Shrek) writes and stars in this spy spoof sequel as Dr Evil travels back to the 60's to steal Austin's mojo in a plan to take over the world.
International man of mystery was excellent, goofy yet sophisticated with daft humour and interesting characters and a real comedy take on the spy genre. This critically acclaimed sequel follows the same route with the same weird and wonderful central protagonist Austin Powers who has a new sidekick, Felicity Shagwell, played with some charm by Heather Graham.
Myers also throws in an array of new characters, all comically arranged for extra humour, such as Mini Me, Fat B*****d and Robin Spitz Swallows, all interesting and crude in their own way, a useful technique in the spoof genre.
Though lacking the sophistication and humour of the first, this sequel does have many giggles and a fairly gripping plot to keep you hooked, though inconsistent there are twists and turns as well as many jokes for the more adult viewer.
Myers must be praised for his writing and his acting as all different characters. Though humour isn't on top form, he has spread diversity throughout the characters and does well in achieving the predictability in a comic light, with different techniques used for variety.
The character of fat B*****d is obviously a spoof, and a very horrible and crude one at that, so horrible I couldn't even look at the screen when he was on.
Others, who include Graham, Rob Lowe and Michael York are all average in their roles, and all could have done with perhaps more airtime to cement their roles into the plot.
The cinematography and graphics are well used, and one of the final scenes involving Dr Evil and his shuttle is very funny. The writing is good, not great by Myers and in conclusion, the film is a watchable spoof, portraying the genre well but inconsistent with average performances from the supporting cast and doesn't have the build that the first had.