Before I get into this review, let's talk a little bit about Melissa McCarthy. She's undeniably funny and certainly a great actress and she even stars in some pretty good movies (The Heat, Bridesmaids, St. Vincent). But even though she does have comedic talent, quite a few of her movies fail to ever do anything with it (Tammy, Identity Thief), resulting in unfunny and childish films that would have been better unreleased to the public. As a result, McCarthy has grown a large group of haters who constantly heckle her films due to McCarthy providing very few laughs and poor performances. But then we were all surprised once Spy came out.
The plot: A CIA analyst named Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) and her partner Bradley Fine (Jude Law) attempt to uncover the location of a deadly arms dealer (Bobby Cannavale) in order to prevent the sale of a nuclear bomb. But when Fine is presumably killed by an arms dealer named Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) Susan agrees to go undercover and teams up with secret agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) in order to stop the sale of the nuclear bomb and prevent a global disaster.
So why was this movie such a hit? Well most of it actually comes from the performance of McCarthy herself. This is further proof of the comedic genius that Melissa McCarthy can pull off with the proper script and directing to back her up. Not only is she hysterical in the title role, but she's also a total badass. Yeah, try repeating that to yourself. I always thought that watching Melissa McCarthy in a knife fight, or chasing down a car on a motorcycle, or trying to take down a guy piloting a helicopter would be silly. But good god is she awesome.
The action in this film is great, it's like something out of Pulp Fiction, it's both thrilling and amusing at the same time. And the supporting cast is outstanding: Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, give them all Oscars. This movie is full of plenty of thrills and laughs and it's definitely proof that the spy genre, as well as Melissa McCarthy's movie career, are both far from dead.