Bridesmaids, The Heat and now Spy. Paul Feig keeps the top quality comedies coming, and with his Ghostbusters reboot on the horizon, my confidence in this man is greater than ever after experiencing Spy. A gut-bustingly funny action comedy that stands as Melissa McCarthy’s best movie in a while. I can safely forget and wipe away memories of her lesser films like Identity Thief and Tammy. Having talent like Feig behind the camera and McCarthy on-screen is a painfully funny cocktail that mixes in big names and big action for a bloody good time.
I haven’t laughed this much in the cinema for a long time. McCarthy is unbelievably funny and looks the part as Susan Cooper, who after much persistence gets put in the field on a real mission. A highlight of McCarthy is watching her strip down her friendly persona to become this blunt foul mouthed bodyguard, not forgetting the priceless moment at the beginning of the film where she laughs overtly loud at an unfunny one liner. It’s the little things that make the bigger jokes in Spy even funnier, no thanks to this actress’ amazing talent.
Jason Statham, surprisingly, gets some of the biggest chuckles, I remember the entire cinema howling in stitches as his bumbling clumsy agent messes up consistently on the job. Statham’s monologue about his near death experiences is a must-see. Rose Byrne, proving herself hilarious in Bridesmaids and many other flicks, continues her winning streak with comedy starring as the bad guy going up against McCarthy’s Cooper. Byrne plays a total bitch and it’s glorious to see her let loose and talk down at anyone in her way. There’s great support from Jude Law, Alison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Serafinowicz and most noticeably Michael McDonald, the gadget man who thinks highly of his work only to be shot down by Cooper. However, Miranda Hart almost threatens to steal the limelight from the majority of the cast as Cooper’s best friend and workmate. I love her BBC sitcom Miranda, so it’s great to see her finally land a big screen role and she proves herself a tour de force of comedy, especially her scene where she encounters 50 Cent onstage.
The blend of humour and action here is seamless, sometimes I was left amazed at some of the excitement on screen. The opening is filled with some seriously violent fight moves and an epic slow motion explosion, all this left me awe, then Feig completely tops it off by injecting humour immediately after. Most directors would falter at blending the two but he works it marvellously. The kitchen fight with the pans and knives is one of the most inventive and teeth gritting scenes of the year, ingeniously choreographed and very intense.
If you haven't seen Spy yet, watch it as soon as you can! It was a hit at the box office, no surprise there considering the lead, supporting talent, rave reviews and the directors home run of consistently funny films. There could be a sequel on the cards but as of right now, keeping Spy as a standalone is wise because repeating the success of this would be a big task.