SUMMARY: Despite graduating at the top of his class, CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) works as mission control for field agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). After Fine is murdered by arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) during a mission, Susan puts her CIA to good use in order to stop the arms deal and avenge Fine’s death.
ANALYSIS: Although Melissa McCarthy has a mixed reception among Internet film buffs, I think she works best as a comedic actor when she collaborates with director Paul Feig. It was with Feig’s 2011 film Bridesmaids that McCarthy had her breakout role. This movie is no exception. She not only works a physical comedic actor but she also brings a likable quality to her character thanks to her comedic timing. Miranda Hart is also good as Susan Cooper’s awkward sidekick Nancy B. Artingstall.
However, the best performance in this movie goes to Jason Statham as the lone wolf agent Rick Ford. His character gives out the best lines of the entire movie. Although Statham is well known as an action star, it’s easy to forget that his debut film role was in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
The film’s sense of humor is hit-and-miss. However, most of the jokes in this movie are hits thanks to its strong cast. The film surprisingly works better as a straight-up action comedy. Although director Paul Feig mastered his directing chops in the comedy genre, this movie shows that he can merge both action and comedy in the first scene alone.
OVERALL: Although Kingsman: The Secret Service does a better job of spoofing the secret agent movie genre, Spy is no slouch either. Spy is a well-made action comedy.