Secret Agent Austin Powers (Mike Myers) has arrested the aptly named Dr. Evil (Mike Myers again!) and his diminutive sidekick Mini-Me (Verne Troyer). But when Austin Powers’ father Nigel Powers (Michael Caine) is kidnapped he has to go to Dr. Evil to ask him who could be behind the kidnapping.
Dr. Evil tells Austin Powers that the Dutch eccentric known as Goldmember is to blame. Goldmember got his name after a particularly nasty gold-smelting accident. I’ll leave the details to your imagination!
Austin Powers links up with curvaceous F.B.I. agent Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyoncé Knowles) to save his father from the Dutch madman who has plans to destroy the world with the help of Dr. Evil…
This is the third outing for Austin Powers. The film, like the others, is made up of a collection of comic sketches that are strung together by the thinnest and silliest of plots. Whether you enjoy the movie depends entirely on whether you find the humour funny or not as the story is irrelevant. The humour follows the same vain as the other movies, that is, bawdy and crass! It is very funny in parts but the problem after two previous movies is that the same gags are being revived and are now a little tired.
The best part of the movie is the first ten or fifteen minutes which has a series of cameo roles from some famous actors and actresses as they do a spoof on the “Mission Impossible” action movies. This leads into a very funny Austin Powers dance routine. But after this original and promising start the movie falls back into the familiar and trusted formula of the previous Austin Powers movies.
Mike Myers is flamboyant in both his roles as Austin Powers and Dr. Evil. These two characters are very much the primary characters and the supporting cast are there to help create gags or simply to make up the numbers, except perhaps for Verne Troyer who plays Mini-Me. Michael Caine doesn’t get much of a chance to show off his acting talents.
Fans of Austin Powers will enjoy but I think it’s time to for Austin to “behave” and retire to some 70’s style commune!