When I was younger I used to think The Spy Who Shagged Me was better than the first film. Turns out, mini me was… not wrong, but not exactly right either.
Something I never realised back then was how different the two films are from each other. The first is very much a spoof of ‘60s spy-fi; a little low-budget and rough round the edges, but very much focused on its theme. The second, on the other hand, cuts loose into general comedic shenanigans, with a more polished look. The first film feels like a cult comedy; this feels like a crowd pleaser.
Also, everyone remembers the endless quoting of Austin (“yeah baby!”) and Dr Evil (“one meeeellion dollars!”), but I’d forgotten just how much Fat Bastard used to be quoted back in the day (“Ah could eat a behbeh!”) Ah, nostalgia.