Film #57: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Directed by: Jay Roach
Language: English
Length: 94 minutes
Watched on: 28 April 2012

I’ve watched this film so many times that it’s pretty much lost all the power it ever had to amaze me, which is perhaps a bit of a shame. But I watched it recently because my friend hadn’t watched it, and even on what must be at least my tenth time seeing it (probably more than that, but I only started counting a few years ago), I still managed to notice one gag that I’d always missed before: when introducing London, the establishing shot is of Big Ben, and the camera pans out until you see scaffolding on the Houses of Parliament. Subtle social commentary, perhaps, or maybe it’s just whatever shot they were able to find…

Anyway, it’s still a good film and has a lot of good jokes in it. I want to get around to watching numbers 2 and 3 again, partly because number 3 is set in Japan…


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