“Get Smart”

“Get Smart” is mostly cute. My only major reservation (and I admit it’s kind of a big one) is a completely generic spy plot that could have been written at any time in the last 40 years. Seriously. Russian nukes? Talk about a throwback to the Cold War. Were the writers of the movie asleep for the past several decades?

Luckily I have a huge soft spot for Steve Carell and Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin and Masi Oka. And Anne Hathaway is leggy and kinda bitchy, which as anyone who knows me knows is a turn-on.

And the opening scene, when Carell as Maxwell Smart walks through a museum showcasing relics of the TV version of “Get Smart”, including the beloved red Sunbeam Tiger… ah, that tweaks the nostalgia bones.

It’s a little strange to see someone talking into a shoe phone to someone else on a cell phone. We’ve come a long way, baby. Cone of silence still doesn’t work, though.

And it really shouldn’t.