You gotta like Mike Myers to like Mike Myers. But whether his type of humor
fits into your particular craw or not, you gotta give it to the dude that when he
tries to create an mood it is inimitably one of his own. Those of you who
enjoyed Wayne's World and So I Married an Axe Murderer will undoubtedly
be enthralled by this latest venture in which he appears (needless to say) as
the title character. Those of you who missed the Swinging Sixties will have a
chance to get a glimpse of what it was like in those wonderful, good old days
(No, you don't have to be a geriatric hippy to enjoy the entourage). Those of
you who relish the nostalgia of the (now period) Sixties' films, such as Our
Man Flint, The Liquidator, Casino Royale, Modesty Blaise, and Dr.
Strangelove, will now have another colorful event following at their heels to
add to your list. Yes, Mouseketeers, it's your favorite wanker Mike Myer in a
perfectly massive "shagedelic" ego-trip on the silver, if somewhat paisley,
Austin Powers (Mike Myers), who was cryogenically frozen in 1967, is now
defrosted and has to match wits once again with his arch enemy Dr. Evil
(also Mike Myers) who, also defrosted, is holding the world to ransom with
the help of his multinational corporation Virtucon's deadly project Vulcan.
Anno 1997, Austin is assisted by Agent Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth
Hurley, without the pins), daughter of his Sixties' sidekick. As the antics
begin, we see Austin flying with Vanessa in his shag-carpeted private jumbo
jet (including wet bar and revolving bed) toward the direction of Las Vegas.
The movie is jam packed with more of the same madness. Also visible in the
passing parade are images of other familiar figures such as Michael York,
Tom Arnold, Carrie Fisher, Rob Lowe, and Christian Slater. Robert Wagner
is Number 2.
Carnaby Street's last chance to show the world, assisted by the miracle of
cryogenics, how cool it really all was. Feelin' groovy? Dig it.
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