Film Review: “Spy Movie” by Blade Brown
Plot: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Review: By now, most people would think Melissa McCarthy’s fifteen minutes of fame would have run its course. Those people might be shocked to know that similar to Chris Pratt, she’s paid her dues and done a lot of ground work to get where she is. Before her hit show “Mike & Molly”, she costarred on the show Gilmore Girls for all seven of its seasons. She also had a number of supporting roles in films and TV, long before her big breakout role in Bridesmaids. After that Oscar nominated performance, she has appeared in a slew of hit movies, both as supporting actress and headliner. Which brings us to her third collaboration with writer/director Paul Fieg (Bridesmaids, The Heat), “SPY”.
Spoofing the spy genre, specifically James Bond movies haven’t been successfully done since the Austin Powers franchise ended. While this movie isn’t an exact dig at 007 (Although there is an opening theme song) it’s definitely a stiff poke at the genre. After the train wreck that was “Tammy”, McCarthy shows that given the right material she can definitely carry movie. She stars as Susan Cooper. An analyst who’s given an opportunity to head into the field after a bad mission that compromises the identity of all the company’s field agents.
Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Neighbors) costars as the foul-mouthed antagonist of the film. Her chemistry with McCarthy seems to have bled over from their work together on Bridesmaids, as the two share a lot of screen time together. Most of which are pretty damn funny. Jason Statham goes for broke in his performance in which he’s basically spoofing himself. He plays a dimwitted spy who loathes the fact that McCarthy’s Cooper is being sent in the field as an agent. He sets out to solve the case on his own, and ends up doing way more harm than good. It’s a great change of pace for Statham, as he is humorous in every scene. The film is surprisingly very funny, especially when Cooper fully commits to being undercover. Once she does, the sailor mouth we’ve come to know and love from McCarthy shows up, and she doesn’t disappoint.
Most actors are extremely lucky when they find a director that they have a strong connection with. Wes Anderson has Bill Murray. Martin Scorsese has Leonardo DiCaprio. Quentin Tarantino has Samuel L. Jackson. Melissa McCarthy seems to have found that bond with Paul Fieg. They are three for three with their collaborations. And with the upcoming female led Ghostbusters reboot due out next year, I’m sure they’ll be four for four.
The Bottom Line: Spy was a treat. An unexpected treat. It will probably be one of the year’s funniest films, but it’ll also be one of its best. Now it won’t win any awards by any means. But when you’re thinking about how much fun you had at the movies this year, this movie will definitely pop up on your list.
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