Saturday, November 7, 2015

A year of spy flicks reviewed: Spy

On to Day 2 of my retrospective of 2015's slate of spy action flicks (I cannot believe that this year is nearly gone) with the Paul Feig comedy Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy and our lord and saviour Jason Statham.
This movie is great.

Great, great, great. In total seriousness, this is one of the best comedies, let alone spy comedies, I have seen in years. It is also Melissa McCarthy's best showcase since Bridesmaids, because it gives her a character that plays to her strengths and feels like a real person. Furthermore, the film does not trade in making cheap jokes of McCarthy's un-spy-like physique. Neither does the movie make her a clueless ditz. Her character, Susan Cooper, is smart and capable but is completely inexperienced with field work.

What is also great is that the action stuff is up to par with the comedy. You could take out the jokes, and it would still be a compelling spy story, with plenty of twists, character development and action sequences. There's even a fight in a kitchen which manages to be both a great exercise in physical comedy and gripping at the same time.

The film's MVP has to be Jason Statham. It is not just that Statham sends himself up -- he gets to play a guy who thinks he is Jason Statham, but does not have the skills or intelligence to be Jason Statham.  I won't spoil any of the brain dead goodness that he delivers, but he is worth the price of admission alone. The first film since Crank 2 to give the the Stath a chance to show off his comedic chops, Spy is his best film in years, and hopefully gives his career a boost.

Of all the films in this feature, Spy is the one film that I really hope gets a sequel.

Current ranking

1. Spy 
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service

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