While thankfully not claiming to be a masterpiece of its age (ie Shakespeare in Love, Eyes Wide Shut and Star Wars – Episode 1), Austin Powers was still marketed as the greatest comedy of the year, and as such, should be mindful that it doesn’t live up to its hype.There are some great funny bits in Austin Powers – Scott’s mother who has now succumbed to a "love you cannot name", Minnie Me’s antics as Dr. Evil’s nemesis, the Jerry Springer Show takeoff, Dr.Evil’s 90’s talk and more. After 1 hour and 35 minutes though ( a short movie!), the humour and continual references to Austin’s ‘mojo’ gets a little dull. Throughout the movie, Dr.Evil and Minnie Me are always preferrable to Austin’s scenes, but towards the end, we aren’t even waiting for Dr. Evil to appear anymore – just a decent joke to break the monotony.The retro passage back to politically incorrect, slapstick humour (in the same vein as American Pie and Big Daddy), renders itself in the end mundane.
The only verdict at the end of this film then, is - it was a bit spastic (and that’s a big, BAD criticism).