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Dr. Evil, can I paint his yoo-hoo gold? It's kind of my thing, you know.
Austin Powers in Goldmember (DVD)
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Austin Powers in Goldmember (DVD)
Advantages: Good for a one off viewing, but dull after more
Disadvantages: Too many catchphrases humour is a bit too knowing
Goldmember is the third in the Austin Powers trilogy, directed by Jay Roach and starring Mike Myers as the eponymous hero Austin Powers as well as his nemesis the deliberate and incompetent Doctor Evil.
In this episode, Austin Powers is forced into action when his father Nigel Powers (Michael Caine) is kidnapped by the very odd Goldmember (Mike Myers), Goldmember along with Dr Evil and Mini Me (Verne Troyer) take Nigel Powers back to 1975 with a plan to destroy the world if they don't receive the money they want.
Austin time travels back to 1975 and teams up with the horny Foxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles) to find Nigel Powers and stop Dr Evil destroying the world, taking on the eponymous Fat Bastard (Myers) and other mean villains along the way.
Mike Myers ... Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Goldmember / Fat Bastard
Beyoncé Knowles ... Foxxy Cleopatra
Seth Green ... Scott Evil
Michael York ... Basil Exposition
Robert Wagner ... Number Two
Mindy Sterling ... Frau Farbissina
Verne Troyer ... Mini Me
Michael Caine ... Nigel Powers
Fred Savage ... Number Three
Diane Mizota ... Fook Mi
Carrie Ann Inaba ... Fook Yu
Nobu Matsuhisa ... Mr. Roboto
Aaron Himelstein ... Young Austin
Josh Zuckerman ... Young Evil
Eddie Adams ... Young Basil
Being honest I liked this the first time I saw it, not as much as the first two films, but I did find it funny, unfortunately my partner loves this film and i've watched it too many times and have now had the chance to appreciate the limitations of the film. Firstly it starts well with cameos from Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny De Vito and Kevin Spacey and ends well with John Travolta putting in a good one too, however a lot of the visual gags during the film feel contrived and lazy in comparison to earlier films. Just like Benny Hill and the kind of humour a lot of this film is taken from, the double entendres and jokes will either make you laugh once or have you splitting your sides every time you see it, unfortunately for me it seems to be only once it made me laugh.
Myers is good as always as Austin Powers, but I do find Dr Evil annoying as he contrives long set pieces saying very little of substance that isn't funny, Seth Green is funny as Scott Evil as he finally begins to metamorphasise into his father, but Mini Me is inconsequential and scenes such as the recreation of Jay-Z's 'Hard Knock Life' in a prison or Austin Powers singing about his daddy not loving him were a bit forced.
Myers is fine as Goldmember a rollerdisco obsessed dutch villain who likes the taste of dried skin and painting people's yoo-hoo's gold, he plays that role well enough but some of the catchphrases again grate after a while.
I also found myself thinking i'd seen some of the visual gags (Behind screens, fighting with silly objects, chasing young ladies) in the previous films and therefore didn't enjoy it as much.
Saying this there are laugh out loud elements which are funny and well put together but these are matched by a plot and some performances that feel phoned in.
Beyonce is fine as Foxy Cleopatra but has little to do other than look good (Which she certainly does) and be a foil to Powers, Michael Caine is excellent as Nigel Powers and really does make the role his own outperforming Myers and the rest of the cast easily with naughty one liners and more than a nod and a wink to plenty of characters from Londons swinging sixties.
Overall the soundtrack is good, but the beginning sums it up with lots of major stars and Myers introducing Quincy jones as the composer of the music, this film is a bit too clever and knowing and it overelaborates at every turn meaning that some of the funnier comedic set pieces overrun (For example powers spends almost a minute just shouting 'Moley' at a man with a mole, which my partner loves but I found tedious).
The DVD is available for £4.99 on Play.com and includes the following Special Extras:
Commentary by Jay Roach and Mike Myers
Deleted/Alternative scenes with optional commentary
'Beyond The Movie' featurettes: MI-6 - International Men of Mystery / English, English / Disco Fever / Fashion vs. Fiction
'The World Of Austin Powers' featurette
'Visual FX' featurette
Theatrical and Teaser Trailers
Summary: Dr. Evil, can I paint his yoo-hoo gold? It's kind of my thing, you know.