(Get Smart movie review)
As one of the writers of the original âGet Smartâ TV series, I was sadly disappointed by the new âGet Smartâ movie--I canât understand why remakes donât at least talk to the original material writers. Maybe itâs kind of, âI want to do it myself, mom.â
That said, for the writers of the next remake, hereâs a tip: The essence, the fun of the Don Adams character was his child-like confidence and his bravado (not unlike the character often played by Bob Hope) presaging the inevitable catastrophic blunder. âSorry about that.â Seeing a man slip on a banana peel is funny. Seeing a pompous man slip on a banana peel is infinitely funnier.
Any writer charged with vetting agent 86 should start by studying the origin of the character--Donâs early nightclub routines. His defense attorney bit: âLook at those trim ankles, the well turned calf. Now I ask you. Are those the legs of a homicidal maniac?â
Joseph C. Cavella