Plot: What’s it about?
What do you get when you cross a James Bond movie with an episode with “Laugh In”? Something that comes ends up being “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”! The characters are basically based on old James Bond “bad guys”. Dr. Evil himself is basically Blowfeld(t)? with the cat (Mr. Bigglesworth) and all.
What, you may ask, is the plot? Dr. Evil has escaped Austin (Mike Myers) and Mrs. Kensington (Mimi Rogers) and has frozen himself in a spaceship for thirty years. Austin also had himself frozen to be unthawed whenever or if ever Dr. Evil resurfaced…he does.
The real humour (notice the spelling, baby) is watching Austin get “acquainted” with the 1990’s. You see, Austin was the thing back in Swinging London thirty years back. “As long as people are still having permisciuos sex with many anonymous parnters while experimenting with mood altering drugs, I’ll be sound as a hound (or something like that) baby!” Obviously, this is pretty much everything that the 90’s goes against, but that’s the funny part.
Dr. Evil (also played by Myers) is trying to get to know his long lost son, Scott. Scott seems to want to not follow in daddy’s footsteps and be a vet…you get the idea.
But the plot…is that Dr. Evil has a laser beam and will activate it unless he is paid a handsome sum of money (he has to be reminded that $1,000,000 isn’t so much money anymore). The usual Bond-like thing happens, which Austin and Vanessa (Mrs. Kensington’s daughter played by Liz Hurley) get caught in an over-elaborate escape proof trap that may or may not kill them…
Austin Powers is one of those movies, like Ace Ventura that became much more popular after it hit video. A sequal is coming out this Summer, and I’ll be in line. This movie is very enjoyable and good for several laughs…
Video: How does it look?
Picture is 16:9 enhanced and the colors (which there are a lot) look very bright and vivid. It shows off Austin’s psychadelic wardrobe and makes it look as good as it can. Not a single bit of artifacting, truly a great picture.
Audio: How does it sound?
The sound was Dolby Digital 5.1, the quirky soundtrack with it’s 60-ish tunes sounds great. Not much on directional effects, but there are a few, a generalally good-sounding movie.
Supplements: What are the extras?
In addition to commentary, which we learn most of the stuff was ad libbed, are some deleted scenes, production notes and cast bios trailers (and one for Lost in Space if you look real hard) and a few music videos. You really get your money’s worth here! Yeah, baby!