Stands the test of time (at nearly twenty years, thinking about my first viewing makes me feel old). Funny, offensive, absurd, but above all else has its heart in the right place. An exceptionally accurate parody of old-school British spy films, complete with a cast of bizarre characters that lampoon pop culture at every turn. Lavish colours and a wonderfully kitschy production design. A great soundtrack too!
Tried the movie for the second time. Some parodistic moments are ok, but the rest is boring, especially the overlong gags which try to be political incorrect but are mostly harmless and nearly always lack good timing.
Who wants a ridiculous ugly-looking "à la James BOND " character ?
We prefer our vintage James BOND pastiches, like Our Man Flint (starring James COBURN) or Matt Helm (played by Dean MARTIN) or even OSS 117 (with Jean DUJARDIN) but Mr BEAN or Austin POWERS are not that much our cup of tea.
The 1 star is for ... Burt BACHARACH, featured in this totally unconvincing first opus.
I found the supporting characters always more interesting. And the sequels refined what the original had and made it better.... however, as much as most comedies appeal to the apathetic and cynical male, as does Powers, however, I believe the former is the butt of the joke, for this piece is crafted with precision and attention to detail.
Ce film est pour moi une vraie madeleine de Proust. J'ai bien ri de nouveau (mais est-ce le moi actuel ou bien mon jeune moi ayant refait surface le temps du film?). Bref, il est bien difficile pour moi d'avoir un point de vue objectif sur ce film!
Je me suis simplement dit que de telles parodies complètement assumées et décomplexées se faisaient bien rares aujourd'hui...
Vivement Austin Powers 2 et 3 sur Mubi! ;)