Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer.
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Feig's film becomes cliché in its desperate attempt to avoid the clichés, or, at least, satirize them. However, Spy is well-cast and there are undeniable moments of solid comedy that make this spoof more enjoyable than most.
Released the same year as "Kingsman," Paul Feig's "Spy" often feels like a mirror of that film, what with it's surprisingly well-staged fight sequences and a score that channels the best of John Barry-era Bond. That said, "Spy" proves refreshingly devoid of the kind of virulent misanthropy that seems to infect everything "Kingsman" creator Mark Millar touches, ensuring "Spy" is more entertaining than it is cynical.
The only real funny thing about this movie is Jason Statham. And he's known as an action movie star, not a comedian. Congrats to him. Maybe it tried too much to be funny and it just didn't work. And really? Didn't it cross her mind to call her dad and ask about it? REALLY? Family drama.
Fairly unbalanced but with some good moments of entertainment. Interesting how this movie and Pitch Perfect 2 are aiming to humanize and empower an overweight person, as the default consideration is that this person has to suck at everything. Meh.
There's something very wrong with this film—and it has nothing to do with Robert Yeoman's cinematography (shockingly bad given his Wes Anderson canon), or the shit/fart jokes (admittedly some made me laugh). Paul Feig, Hollywood's go-to feminist, uses Melissa McMarthy's character to debate gender politics but simply reinforces stereotypes. Apparently, women are empowered when they behave more like men. Deeeep.
Funny and smart with its gender politics and issues of body image. This seemed a great use of McCarthy's comedic talents, and a leading role that's never condescending or reductive. Still, Feig occassionally struggles with the genre elements of the film, and especially with pacing. Goodwill amassed from a few funny scenes in a row is dissipated by a few awkward and clunky ones in a row.
Fun summer froth that finally provides Melissa McCarthy will a fitting vehicle to play to her strengths. Great support especially from Miranda Hart (where did she come from!), Rose Byrne and Peter Serafinowicz. Flips the spy genre around well goofing on its silly villains, goofy gadgets and globe trotting plot devices while also defying 'the beautiful spy' archetype. '...you're crying now...'
I think this may have suffered from high expectations given its Tomato-meter, but I did find myself laughing about certain scenes then next day. Melissa McCarthy is very funny and is well-supported by the cast. I still prefer Johnny English.