Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway
Carell plays Maxwell Smart, Agent 86. Hathaway is 99. We all know the story – they work for US organisation Control whose main aim is to defeat KAOS (usually representing Russia and/or Eastern Europe). Without getting into a socio-political analysis, let’s just say it’s all about good versus evil. And good, the US, wins out in the end.
This film is a classic rom com. Carell effortlessly provides the comedy. He is perfect for this role and is very similar to the original Agent 86. A romance develops between 86 and 99, typically after they start out disliking each other.
For some reason this film wasn’t a huge hit. I didn’t think it was too bad, there are some really funny bits that make you laugh out loud, and they use some of the old lines from the TV series. It’s entertaining and worth a watch, especially for the sake of sentimentality.