Sunday, 21 June 2015

Spy

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. 


Spy is directed by Paul Feig and stars Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Statham. This film is a pretty cliché spy movie regarding the plot, we've seen it all; but I enjoyed it anyway! Spy female focus allows for a different and more knowing kind of parody. Surprisingly there are good action scenes, as often in spy comedies they got the job done somehow and we're all here for the jokes. Moreover, McCarthy is extremely lovable here with a sweeter, softer performance, very different than what we're used to from her. She's a genuine force of nature, there should be a hurricane named Melissa. she's funny and she also can be mean and angry from time to time. Plus there's a certain progression of her character as she gains confidence through the movie, which gives her her most nuanced role to date. Ultimately McCarthy kicks some ass as well as Jason Statham, who is flat-out hilarious in his deadly serious Chuck Norris like monotone monologues - I was crying with laughter - which contrasts beautifully with her expressive energy. Finally you can see coming the third act pivots from miles away but intentionally so. Adding to the humour a series of breathlessly entertaining scenes that make you realise how rare the combination of female hero and female villain is on screen. Without ever making a big deal of its gender dynamics, Spy is an empowering breath of fresh air for female driven comedy. 


Overall, Melissa McCarthy is very funny, I enjoyed the back and forth of the movie, it's en exciting good time.

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