Title – Spy (2015)
Director – Paul Feig (Bridesmaids)
Cast – Melissa McCarthy, Miranda Hart, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Jude Law, Alison Janney
Plot – Office bound CIA agent Susan Cooper (McCarthy) finds herself out in the field on the heels of bad girl Rayna Boyanov (Byrne), the lady who killed Susan’s beloved friend and fellow agent Bradley Fine (Law). Not making Susan’s job easy is the constant appearances of determined agent Rick Ford (Statham) who to wants to bring Rayna to justice.
“I make a habit out of doing things that people say I can’t do”
Review by Eddie on 23/02/2016
While her shtick is most surely wearing a little thin after such dire films as Identify Thief and Tammy, everyone’s favourite plus sized comedian Mellissa McCarthy gets her mojo back via this impressive comedy caper that plays neatly against type and features a scene stealing Jason Statham who just about runs away with the whole show.
The less said about Spy’s story the better as it really is almost to lame to make mention but director Paul Feig (the man in charge of heralding in the new era of Ghostbusters) seems to know that with his cast delivering, no one will really care that Spy barely has enough story for a short film let alone a near 2 hour feature.
Right down to its James Bond like title credits, to the room full of high tech gadgets, Spy makes its intentions known quite early but shunning the now gloomy realism of the modern day bond franchise this film is all about the laughs but it also delivers some neat action and some to be warned, brutal violence that may make the weaker stomached viewers feel all types queasy. Throats will be dissolved, hands will be threaded by kitchen knives and headshots will be made as Spy is not afraid to mix blood with laughs.
While McCarthy remains somewhat subdued through the film’s opening hour or so once her interplay with Rose Byrne’s nasty villainess Rayna takes centre stage the loud mouthed fast talking we’ve come to expect from her comes to full fruition and the film really goes up a notch. But all of McCarthy’s hijinks aside the real star of this show is the aforementioned Jason Statham who has the most fun his had since the last Crank exploded onto the screen and his try hard agent Rick Ford is someone you’ll be hoping gets more screen time in the near future. Whether Rick is explaining about his many dangerous exploits “I’m immune to 179 different types of poison” or setting off on a doomed boating trip, Statham has a blast here and it’s easily one of 2015 most memorable support roles.
The stories slight and there are a large portion of jokes that fall flat but when Spy nails it’s material it’s a hugely enjoyable ride that delivers spy hijinks like we’ve never seen before. With a nice return to form turn by McCarthy, who now has to work harder to make us like her and with an on fire Jason Statham, Spy is one of 2015’s most effective comedies.
3 ½ office bats out of 5