AUSTIN POWERS: GOLDMEMBER
9.30PM, GO! ★ ★
The original Austin Powers film, 1997’ s International Man of Mystery, wasn’t much chop. The title character just wasn’t fully formed enough to carry a film on his own, and more gags missed than hit. The 1999 follow- up, The Spy Who Shagged Me, was a major improvement, thanks largely to an expanded role for the bombastically bent Dr Evil at the expense of Austin, and the creation of height- challenged hellraiser Mini- Me and the delightfully disgusting Fat Bastard. Unfortunately, Goldmember is so hell- bent on recycling all that has gone before, it backpedals into the same lame, inconsistent territory covered by the first movie. Despite a loopy new villain and the choice casting of Michael Caine as Austin’s old man, Mike Myers is simply going through the motions here.