Sunday, June 7, 2015


Movie Name: Spy
Year of Release: 2015
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Allison Janey, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Serafinowicz, Morena Baccarin, Julian Miller, Nargis Fakhri, 50 Cent
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Following the success of both "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat", director Paul Feig is back with another successful comedy, featuring the star that broke out from "Bridesmaids", Melissa McCarthy. The film focuses on Susan Cooper, a CIA agent, who has been working at the agency for 10 years, all the time being an analyst and support for other agents, particularly the dashing (and James Bond like) Bradley Fine. When Bradley is suddenly killed in action, Susan volunteers to go into the field, and handle a dangerous assignment, of following the menacing Rayna Boyanov, who has a nuclear device and intends to sell it to the highest bidder. It's up to Susan and her colleague Nancy to handle this threat and avoid a possible nuclear attack. 
Paul Feig has successfully tackled stories focusing on female heroines lately to much lauded success. "Spy" is one of his finest efforts, since it successfully juggles the irony of tackling the spy genre, clearly defined for years by the James Bond films, with the talents of Melissa McCarthy, one of the most talented comedians currently working. The film is clearly defined by her "fish out of water" scenario, where Susan B. Cooper has to suddenly adjust to life in the field, something she always participated in through her male counterpart. Susan proves to be just as resourceful, even if it takes her a bit to settle into the mechanics of it. The director knows how to stage action scenes, but does so with a combination of humor, clearly relishing the fact that these acrobatics if taken too seriously end up being ridiculous. The supporting actors also play along, cast against type, particularly the wooden Jason Statham. Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Allison Janey, Miranda Hart are all great in their roles, and while the film doesn't give much depth to their characters, they have a chance to shine in their roles. Overall, this is a comedy that is rude, self aware, and cleverly done. Recommended.