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Austin Powers in Goldmember

August 24, 2010

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Director: Jay Roach
Actors: Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles, Michael Caine

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Synopsis: Austin Powers (Mike Myers) goes head-to-head against a new nemesis, Goldmember (Mike Myers).

Review: Not necessarily to its detriment, this third instalment of Austin Powers is essentially a reprise of the two previous movies: the same characters, same gags and same overall plot trajectory. Little is really gained from the blaxploitation/Goldfinger riffs though an amusing subplot with Fred Savage (a mole with a ‘mole’) is probably the height of the additions to the existing comic ingredients. The opening and end montages about a film-within-a-film (Hollywood stars playing the Austin Powers story) work less as the intended apex of the franchise’s wit and sense of postmodern fun but more as indicator of the encroaching laziness and self-satisfaction of the series, and is probably a sign that Austin Powers should stay in retirement for good this time. (July 2008)

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