Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Spy

WRITTEN BY: Paul Feig
DIRECTED BY: Paul Feig
STARRING: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law
RATING: 3.5 stars

SYNOPSIS:
Desk-bound CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is bored of her unadventurous life so she volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of deadly arms dealer Raina Boyanov (Rose Byrne) and prevent a global disaster. But fellow agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) believes Susan is going to ruin the mission so he decides to try to complete it solo, but all he does is constantly get in her way.

The opening credits are a spoof of the James Bond films, and from there, it is a series of jokes about the spy genre. Writer/director Paul Feig, of Bridesmaids fame, cleverly reshapes the genre's clich├ęs by making the men a little less tough and Susan an absolute star. The trailer makes it look as if she is going to be a fish out of water based on her disguises, but she is actually a highly skilled CIA agent. McCarthy tries out different looks, which add to her physical comedy opportunities, but she also gets to enjoy some action sequences and fight scenes. Perhaps what was most wonderful about the film was that there were no fat jokes. When Susan looked frumpy as an older woman, characters laughed at her, but when she dressed up, she was attractive and sexy. It is also great to see Byrne reunite with McCarthy and they have such fantastic chemistry. Byrne is without a doubt one of the best comedic actresses in Hollywood. Statham is also brilliant in an unusually goofy role, while Jude Law is entertaining as the suave agent Susan has a crush on and Bobby Cannavale has some fun moments. Allison Janney is also effective in her minor role as Susan's boss and Miranda Hart is also very funny as Susan's co-worker and best friend. Spy is slow to get started and needs a bit of editing down, but it is full of laughs. 


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