Film Review: Spy

Directed by : Paul Feig

Genre: Action, Comedy

Cinema Rating: 15

 Spy is an all round star packed hilarious comedy fit for a wide variety of audiences despite the 15 rating. The film see’s comedy actress Melissa McCarthy taking the lead role as an unassuming deskbound CIA analyst- the unsung hero behind the agencies dangerous missions- who volunteers to go undercover infiltrating an arms dealer, after the top agent (Jude law), with whom she has a hopeless crush, falls off the radar and another agent (Jason Statham) is compromised on the field.

The unusual action, comedy features a female dominated cast with Melissa McCathy taking the lead as well appearances from British comedian Miranda Hart as fellow CIA analyst ,Rose Byrne as the arms dealer and Allison Janney as CIA director which was refreshing to see for a spy movie.

 On another note it was also refreshing to see Hollywood actor Statham in a less serious more comical role than the hardhitting violent action movies he is used to. In terms of his role he brought a lot to the comical side of it and fully embraced his role, the dorky disguises  and on point irony that came with it of which;

     I put shards of glass in my fuckin’ eye. I’ve jumped from a high-rise building using only a raincoat as a parachute and broke both legs upon landing; I still had to pretend I was in a fucking Cirque du Soleil show! I’ve swallowed enough microchips and shit them back out again to make a computer. This arm has been ripped off completely and re-attached with *this* fuckin’ arm. [Jason statham, spy:2015] 

 was personally the highlight of his role throughout the film. In my opinion this film changed my perspective of Statham as an actor entirely. The fact the director cleverly appointed Statham for a serious role in a comedy film made it all the more funny to watch.

 Similarly, It was good to see Jude law take a back seat role in the film allowing McCarthy’s comedic acting to shine through. Although Law had a significantly important role in this film  as field agent Bradley Fine, it was a lot more held back in comparison to his appearance in Sherlock Holmes alongside Robert Downey Jr.

 In terms of our lead McCarthy’s on point comedic acting is what makes the film, her transformation from a seemingly mumsy sweetnatured  but love-struck co-worker to the super cool Bradley Fine to an acid tongue witty comic ironist putting patronising men (statham) in their place. Her characters love- hate relationship with Ford is increasingly funny to see as they battle to out do each other while saving the world – a sharp contrast to the hilariously flirty partnership between Fine and Cooper.

 Feig’s comedy spy spoof sees our own Miranda Hart play McCarthy’s best friend and sidekick in a surreal but on point pairing. Hart not only is perfect for her chosen role but carries off her acting debut superbly alongside a Hollywood A-lister.

 While initially the pairing may seem a little odd in what would appear to make the film chick flick like the directors use of explicit violence and gags illustrate perfect comic timing between the two and personally I hope to see more involving the two comic geniuses.


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