(Paul Feig, 2015)
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster
Summary: Paul Feig's unashamedly silly espionage comedy Spy takes your funny bone on a globetrotting jaunt you won't regret.
After her breakout Oscar nominated co-starring role in Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy has carved herself an unlikely place among Hollywood's leading ladies and biggest box office draws. She teamed up with Feig again for buddy cop comedy The Heat alongside Sandra Bullock, but it's Spy that really sealed the deal for her as one of the industry's top talents. A new John Candy perhaps.
McCarthy wonderfully plays Susan Cooper, a CIA desk jockey who ends up going undercover with a showoff agent (a hilarious Jason Statham) to take down an arms dealer (Rose Byrne) after a mission involving Cooper's unrequited love and superstar agent (Jude Law) goes south.
It's the usual mix of espionage twists and turns, fish out of water gags, globetrotting diversions and unrealistic characters that you'd come to expect from a Bond and Bourne send-up but with an occasionally fierce comedic streak to give your jaw a few excuses to drop lower than you'd have anticipated. Even the action sequences are more thrilling than expected. Spy really punches above its weight but it's McCarthy and Statham that really steal the show with their pitch perfect performances. You forgive the overboard silliness when chemistry and delivery is this tight.
In an era when even James Bond is taking himself seriously, we need jaunts like Spy to remind us why we go to see the blockbusters - entertainment.