Cert: 15 Runtime: 120 mins Director: Paul Feig Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne Miranda Hart, Jude Law, Jason Statham and 50 Cent
I look like someone’s homophobic aunt!
Another Melissa McCarthy movie you say? No thanks! This has been the main conversation the movie going public say these days. Tammy was awful, Identity Thief was terrible, St. Vincent was ok. The main grasp of Spy for me was Paul Feig. This man is helming the female comedy revolution at the moment but he is re-making Ghostbusters and I don’t like him for that. Spy has received a lot of rave reviews by critics. This has been the saving grace of the film in my opinion. What is Spy about then? Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a middle-aged desk-bound CIA analyst, who is the agency’s unsung hero behind their most dangerous missions. However, when one of her colleagues, the James Bond-like Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is killed during by lethal enemy agent Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), she decides to go out into the field to avenge his death. Sent out undercover, Cooper must infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
The writing was good, the one liners in the movie has to be funniest one liners I’ve heard since the movie Whiplash and some of jokes really worked. The movie’s pacing was fast and never slow. One of the problems in modern comedies is how dragging the pacing and jokes are. In this movie, they feel refreshing. I don’t know about you, but Paul Feig’s direction of the action scenes are golden for a comedy like this. He also pulls off some cool one liners in the script. Some of the jokes in the movie are sometimes predictable and just fell flat to me. I know this may sound like a small little nick pick to most people but the movie has a James Bond like opening just like Bond films always open but of cause this movie does it’s own take on it and it really wasn’t all that good, as I said before it’s a small little nick pick but it could have been a lot better. This may be a spoof of spy movies, but it can also be viewed simply as a spy movie that happens to have a female lead. Many of the same plot devices are used. But, as with any movie, what matters are the characters and whether or not we care about what happens to them. This movie basically ends with the lead and two other supporting characters walking off into the sunset.
Melissa McCarthy is back on form in “Spy”, you immediately take a liking to her delightful Susan Cooper and you will be rooting for her for the whole film. Make no mistake, the familiar foul-mouthed McCarthy persona does make an appearance.Even if the marvellous physical comedy skills of Melissa McCarthy is front and centre on display here, you also cannot ignore the comedic talent displayed by the other actors in the cast, many of whom are more known for dramatic roles. Rose Byrne was so on point as the mega-snooty Raina Boyanov, so funny in her straight-faced over-the-top alpha-bitchy mode. The rich comedic rapport McCarthy and Byrne had with each other as mortal nemeses certainly buoyed the middle act. It was so surprising that this glamorous actress is not averse to physical comedy.My unexpected favorite in the cast is Jason Statham and his uncharacteristic portrayal of abrasive CIA Agent Rick Ford. We usually see him as the strong and silent macho hero taking up the cudgels of the oppressed in his many action films. He is still strong and macho, but whoa, Statham is definitely NOT silent here! This must be the first time I have heard him deliver lines in mile-a-minute speed as he proudly relates his many incredible career exploits. Jude Law was right in his element as Bradley Fine, a suave, tuxedo-clad secret agent and charming ladykiller. Give Spy a go people!