secret agent

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Year: 1997
Directed By: Jay Roach
Written By: Mike Myers


I was 13 when this movie came out, needless to say I thought it was hilarious.  The movie has a certain immature quality that really speaks to the young teenager.  I still think this movie is funny today though, it gives me a real nostalgic feeling and it makes me laugh.  Dr. Evil is one of the greatest characters of all time, Mike Myers at his best.  I think Mike Myers was great in his time, but I think he has a style of comedy that hasn’t really changed and adapted with the times. I may love the Austin Powers movies but I’m not even certain that they would be considered great if they were released today. This movie is so centered on time as being in the 90s that I’m afraid its style and spirit will stay there at the end of the century.  I think this was a great movie but it was overshadowed by its sequel.

It took time for Austin Powers to develop into a cult phenomenon, but once it did it left its mark on society. It all started with this one, which looking back now seems smaller than the sequels. Mike Myers is at his best, Elizabeth Hurley is super hot, and the laughs just keep on coming.  Austin Powers with his over confidence and sex drive and Dr. Evil with his outdated ideas and struggles with sudden fatherhood are both hilarious.  If you haven’t seen this movie make a special point to see it, it’s the beginning of a great franchise.


My father and my brother still use this movie for the basis of a lot of their jokes. If you were a fan of Michael Myers way back when this came out, then you loved this movie. And the following one as well. He is really funny as this character and I remember repeating the lines at school after having watching it. If you haven’t seen this movie, where have you been all this time?

NEXT MOVIE: Austin Powers: The Spy That Shagged Me (1999)