Let’s be honest, Melissa McCarthy hasn’t starred in a decent movie since her breakout role as Megan in Bridesmaids. Recently, McCarthy has forced her way into movies and managed to screw them up. This time McCarthy is right at home with this action comedy film standing alongside a great supporting cast (Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, and even 50 Cent). The well-choreographed fight scenes in addition to the perfectly timed punch lines make this comedy well worth the trip to the theater.
Melissa McCarthy stars as a CIA analyst, Susan Cooper, who is suddenly propelled into being a field agent when one falls off the grid during a mission. Cooper attempts to follow an arms dealer and report back; however, a wrench is thrown into her plan when Agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) decides he needs to help. Travelling around Europe, Cooper gets a little too close to the daughter of a mob dealer (Rose Byrne) and it all begins to go up in flames. McCarthy’s level of humor builds throughout the movie, but Jason Statham is the one to deliver the laugh out loud moments. There is a scene where Statham’s character explains the many injuries he has had as an agent stating, “I watched the woman I love get tossed from a plane and hit by another plane mid-air. I drove a car off a freeway on top of a train while it was on fire. Not the car, I was on fire.”
With a great supporting cast backing her up, McCarthy is able to allow them to have their moments while also delivering some memorable lines. McCarthy needs to continue starring in films like Spy because she truly shines for the first time since Bridesmaids. The special effects are actually pretty good, reminding me of Kingsman: The Secret Service without the exploding heads of course. While the film is only two hours, it seems like it drags at times with pointless plot twists. There are plenty of moments in the film when I believed it was almost over but then came another unnecessary turn. The appearance by 50 Cent is one of the better moments of the film due to the surprise and timing of the cameo.
While Spy won’t be the classic comedy film of the decade, it might be the best of the year thus far. The inventive writing and directing by Paul Fieg shows he and McCarthy are a suitable comedy duo. If you love Melissa McCarthy you will for sure enjoy her in this movie.
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