Spy Movie Review
Melissa McCarthy has starred in two of the funnier movies of the last five years. She’s also starred in two of the worst comedies of the 21st century. Thankfully, the new action-comedy Spy, from Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig, tips the scales in her favor.
Funny, fun and action-packed, Spy has McCarthy playing a nervous and awkward CIA analyst who is promoted to undercover agent after her colleague Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is killed by a dangerous arms dealer (Rose Byrne).
One of the most pleasant surprises about Spy is that the film doesn’t treat McCarthy as a bumbling idiot, as is often the case in these kinds of movies. The opening gala screening at the 41st Annual Seattle International Film Festival (#SIFF2015) was followed by a Q&A with Feig, who was very specific when he said that he wanted to “make a spy movie with action, not a spoof” and that he intended McCarthy’s character to be strong, but to “take a little while to find her footing.”
Both statements hold true.
McCarthy’s character seems out of her element at first, but both she and Feig gradually turn her more and more into a badass as time progresses. As she starts killing off baddies (in surprisingly gory fashion), and especially as she begins to mouth off in gloriously R-rated fashion, both the character and the movie kick into high gear.
Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Miranda Hart and Peter Serafinowicz are all terrific in their respective roles.
Spy offers some pretty decent action sequences, at least for a comedy, and more importantly, the movie is hilarious from beginning to end. It’s not quite Bridesmaids, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.