Upon learning that his father's been kidnapped, Austin Powers time travels to the 1970's to save him from a criminal mastermind.
Austin Powers: Goldmember (2002)
Directed by Jay Roach
Written by Mike Myers and Michael McCullers
Starring Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael Caine,
Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner,
Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Fred Savage
Sequel to 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Even though Goldmember proves to be the weakest of the three films, it's still a highly enjoyable film. The spoofing of the James Bond franchise isn't as strong as the previous two, but there's still enough moments that are laugh out loud funny. The cast is also just as game as ever.
Mike Myers now plays a total of four different characters in this installment. While this would seem like he's stretching himself a bit too far, it's quite the opposite. Myers is as funny as ever and all of the characters are a blast to watch. The newest addition to this franchise is Michael Caine as Austin Powers father, Nigel Powers. He seems to be really enjoying himself in this hysterical performance. As stated earlier, the spoof aspect is the weakest in this entry. While it still features several clever nods and gags to the James Bond franchise, it's obvious this series needed to take a break for a while.
Goldmember may be the weakest of the bunch, but it's still a lot of fun. The jokes and gags are generally funny and the cast fully commit to the outrageousness. If only the film had worked a bit harder on the spoofing of the Bond franchise, this may have been a stronger film.