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#40. Austin Powers Goldmember - Review

Austin Powers Goldmember posterI put Goldmember to serve as background noise for a study session I did a few weeks back. As it turns out this wasn’t the best idea. I forgot how visually demanding a lot of the humor in the 3rd Austin Powers film actually is. While much of the titular Goldmember’s jokes play fine, it is Michael Caine’s performance as Nigel Powers that still holds up best. He was such inspired casting, truly the funniest part of the film and one of the best characters in the series.The celeb heavy intro, with Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebs shooting the cinematic adaptation of Austin’s exploits was dull, but Beyonce is still a charmer, although her dialogue is pretty silly.

The film’s star, Mike Meyers, has basically been converted into a sequel machine since Wayne’s World 2 (Wayne’s World 2, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Goldmember, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After), but I honestly wouldn’t mind if the actor threw on some chest hair and gave the world a 4th Austin Powers film. Goldmember so perfectly sets-up the next story, with Scott Evil embracing his dark side and the Powers-trio (Austin, Dr. Evil, and Nigel) joining forces to take him down seems awesome. IMDB lists Austin Powers 4 as in pre-development, so I am hoping that stays on track.

Am I crazy to want one more Austin Powers film? I complain about remakes and sequels constantly I know, but Meyers is rarely successful when he is not going back to the well (do I need to mention The Love Guru?) Let me know what you think, would you want a 4th film to hit theaters?

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