I know this review is several months late, but I only watched “Spy” last weekend. What can I say? It was a busy summer.
Anyway, possible spoilers ahead!
“Spy” stars Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, an often ignored desk-bound CIA analyst who is the real brains behind one of the agency’s best field agents, Bradley Fine (Jude Law). However, when Fine’s latest mission goes horribly wrong, and the identities of other CIA’s top agents are compromised, Susan sees her chance to become a field agent. and she convinces her boss (Allison Janney) to let her go undercover and gather information on a missing nuclear weapon headed for New York.
Susan’s other goal is to track down Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), the daughter of a dead arms dealer, who is now in control of the nuclear device, and the one responsible for agent Fine’s mission gone wrong. But with little training, can Susan maintain her cover and fool Rayna, before she sells the weapon to the highest bidder?
I wasn’t sure wat to expect from “Spy” because I’m not what you would call a Melissa McCarthy fan. However, I’m happy to say that “Spy” exceeded all my expectations, and is in fact, the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.
The “Spy” premise is simple: Tell a James Bond story, but from Moneypenny’s perspective. Director Paul Feig has created a film that perfectly parodies the 007 franchise, yet still works as a proper action comedy stand alone film. on its own terms. Feig’s script captures, and ridicules many of the fantasy aspects of the male spy action hero genre, especially when it comes to his characterizations of agents played by actors like Jude Law and Jason Statham (more on that in a moment).
Melissa McCarthy delivers plenty of heart as Susan Cooper, something that I think has been missing from some of her other roles. McCarthy shines in the comedy bits, especially her dialogue scenes with Rose Byrne, but she also looks damn good in the action sequences. My favorite of which had to be the motorcycle/ car chase.
Overall, the entire cast is wonderful, but the scene-stealer among McCarthy’s costars is Jason Statham, who plays an increasingly unhinged Agent named Rick Ford. The role calls for Statham to poke fun at his (usually) unstoppable action hero screen persona, even mocking some of his most ridiculous onscreen stunts from previous films.
2015 has been a very good year for spy movies, and “Spy” is a very good showcase for Melissa McCarthy and yet another successful collaboration between her and director Paul Feig. The result is a spy-action parody that’s smart and funny, but still very action oriented. nature. This gives me just a little bit of hope that next summer’s Ghostbusters reboot won’t be a complete train wreck.
“Spy” final score: 9