Saturday, May 6, 2017

Movie Review: Spy (2015)

Movie: Spy (2015)

Director: Paul Feig

Writer: Paul Feig

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Allison Janney, Morena Baccarin, & Miranda Hart

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A CIA operative who has been stuck behind a desk for her whole career, volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the underground arms trading black market.

The dynamic comedic combination of Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig continues to churn out good comedies.  Spy marks the 3rd collaboration between the two, following the huge successes of Bridesmaids and The Heat.  The two also followed up Spy by working together on the female-led version of Ghostbusters and are now in works on The Heat 2.

It seems like Paul Feig is the only one cashing in on female driven comedies these days but he is more than making a case that there is an audience that is there that wants to consume funny female movies.  In the past, there was a notion that these types of movies wouldn't make any money unless there was a big name actor attached.  Spy actually spins that notion on its head by having McCarthy be the actual lead in a movie that starts off with her behind the scenes of a Bond-like Jude Law.

Jason Statham also pokes fun at the types of characters he plays by basically being an incompetent special agent as opposed to his usual suave and super qualified guys he plays in movies like The Mechanic and the Transporter franchise.

I really enjoy Melissa McCarthy and she has been killing it on SNL as Sean Spicer these days. 

As always, I have to include my favorite Paul Feig clip from Heavyweights.

Heavyweights is so underrated.

Rating: 7/10