Austin Powers In Goldmember
Ebert: San Francisco Examiner: TV Guide:1/2
Warning, minor plot points
When I was a kid I really liked James Bond movies from the 60's and 70's. I watched them all the time when they were broadcast on TV. During the 80's and 90's I never missed one at the theatre. I still like Bond moves and I can't wait for the next one to hit the big screen this Christmas. I consider myself a connoisseur of the series and that's why I am able to love and appreciate the Austin Powers movies. They are, without a doubt, the best spoof film series ever made. That said, Austin Powers in Goldmember is a hilarious triumph!
I was really excited about seeing this movie and I wasn't disappointed in the least. So far each film in the series improves upon the last. New characters are added and old one's return. Successful comedy bits from the first two films are retread briefly but not in a way that fosters redundancy, while new uproarious scenes take center stage. If the hilarity of the series continues with this exponential growth I predict that the 5th installment will most likely cause some sort of jovial implosion that will result in comedic black hole that will forever alter the universe.
Three years have past since Austin Powers last faced Dr. Evil. When Dr. Evil and Mini Me escape from a maximum-security prison, Austin is called to action. The 70's Super-villan Goldmember joins forces with Dr. Evil who has a new time-traveling scheme to take over the world. Part of that plan involves the kidnapping of Nigel Powers, Austin's beloved father and England's most renowned spy. As he chases the villains through time, Austin visits 1975 and joins forces Foxxy Cleopatra. Together Austin and Foxxy must find a way to save Nigel and stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from implementing their new plan of world domination.
Mike Myers is a comic genius who once again plays to perfection the roles of Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard, and the newest "member" of the series, Goldmember. Beyonce Knowles, of Destiny's Child, does a great Pam Grier impersonation playing Foxxy Cleopatra. Verne Troyer as Mini-Me, Seth Green as Scott Evil, Michael York as Basil Exposition and Robert Wagner as Number Two all reprise their excellent supporting roles. Probably the biggest coup of the series is the casting of Michael Caine as Austin's dad Nigel Powers. Austin Powers is after all a combination of James Bond, Derek Flint and Michael Cain's character Harry Palmer (a moniker that sounds like a name from an Austin Powers movie as well.)
Mike Myers has said that he would make an Austin Powers movie every year for the rest of his life if they'd let him. Memo to Hollywood: Let him. Yeah baby! Yeah!