Spy (2015)

Posted in Reviews by - August 31, 2016
Spy (2015)

Action comedy from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who has become something of a torchbearer in championing a new breed of female-led comedy films in Hollywood. He subverts Melissa McCarthy’s archetypal chubby-best-friend routine to provide the comedian with her first leading role. As humble desk-bound CIA operative Susan Cooper, she’s the subservient PA to a Bond-like secret agent played with gleeful shtick by Jude Law. She is sent into the field when her beloved sidekick is gunned down by Rose Byrne’s arms-dealing daddy’s girl. Susan is assigned undercover identities which conform to her assumed physical and gender stereotypes – a tourist with haemorrhoid cream, a mad cat lady – despite being an expert fighter and a talented spy. She is joined periodically by Jason Statham who steals the film in a potty-mouthed spoof of his action hero persona. His over-the-top tales of derring-do make up some of the film’s funniest moments, with British comedians Miranda Hart and Peter Serafinowicz also providing eccentric allies. Feig proves himself to be a potential Bond director in waiting, convincingly sandwiching sports cars, gadgets, European locations, Russian accents and a John Barry-esque title sequence in between the wisecracks, not to mention some satisfyingly crunchy if knowingly ironic action sequences.

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