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Movie Review: Spy (2015)


Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne and Maranda Hart

Directed by: Paul Feig

I wish I could give you a reason why I went to see this but I simply can’t. I just fancied going to the cinema to get my fix and Spy happened to be the first film showing by the time I arrived. Looking at the cast, it’s a strong line-up. I was interested in seeing how Jason Statham would fair in a comedy film considering his background in action films. Anyway, let’s get to it.

CIA Analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy) wants more out of life. Despite having exceled in field training, she hasn’t actually been out on the field, instead, she’s spent her entire career with the CIA as a desk jockey, working alongside agent Bradley Fine (Cooper). They have great chemistry together; Cooper even has the hots for Fine but never has the confidence to make the first move or to make a proposition. She’s resided to the fact that her opportunity has past her by. Everything takes a turn for the worst when Bradley is assassinated by a Bulgarian arms dealer (Byrne) who reviles that she knows the identities of all the agency’s top agents. Susan manages to wrangle her way into her first undercover assignment to help capture Bradley’s killer and to fulfil her long time ambition.

This is actually pretty good. I wasn’t expecting anything from it to be honest, and what I did get entertainment me. Everyone had a chance to shine. McCarthy provided most of the laughs, Rose Byrne was dry as a bone in a humorous way, and Miranda Hart was atypical. Personally, I though Jason Statham was the star of the show. The guy is frikken hilarious. His character is in contrast to his traditional hard man roles which he’s known for, but done for humours effect. He likes to big himself up that for sure. He’s talking about re-attaching his left arm back to his body and being immune to 100 different types of poison, and all the while he’s saying this is a serious manner which makes it even more hilarious. He’s like Jay Cartwright with muscles!

The only criticism I’ll give is its ability to get to the point of the story. It takes too long. Some points feel bland and recycled from many other comedy films.

Spy is neither great nor terrible. All in all it’s perfect casting and the comedy was point on. A perfect mish mash of comedy, slap stick, violence and espionage.

Rating: *** ½ (Aye, it’s canny like)


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