Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy tickled our funny bones with Bridesmaids and this time they have tried to do it again with this action-comedy, Spy. The story is about a desk bound CIA analyst, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) who operates from a dingy CIA basement that is infested with bats! She is the best at what she does, but suffers from both a low-esteem and love for her on-field partner, Agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). What starts off as a James Bond parody with Jude Law charming ladies in suave looks and sleek hair, gradually gains its own character as the story progresses.
Bradley Fine is killed in action in a mission and Susan Cooper decides it’s time for her to go on the field and avenge his death. This ofcourse is a major decision for Susan, who has repeatedly been told by the world how she should give-up on her dreams and try to blend in. Though the movie has many fat girl cliches, they don’t seem to overpower the story and the essence of the scenes remain intact. Even when she goes undercover, the CIA gives McCarthy personalities like a cat lady and a divorced mother of four! Through the streets of Paris and Budapest, McCarthy is seen chasing the bad guys and showing her super awesome ninja skills. She is manipulative and smart with just the correct amount of eccentricity that is required to make us convulse with laughter. Her comic timing and hilarious dialogues are perfect and you would really want to credit Paul Feig for the screenplay.
For company, McCarthy has a friend Nancy (Miranda Hart) who is awkward and alone. And her outlandish ways make you laugh. Feig also introduces the Italian spy, Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz), who keeps throwing oblique innuendos and keeps inappropriately grabbing Susan from time to time. Aldo‘s character is both handsy and funny. Nargis Fakhri, who marks her Hollywood debut with this movie, hardly has any lines. But her fight sequence with McCarthy is a take-off on all kitchen fight scenes we have watched in films. Jason Statham as Rick Ford and Rose Byrne as Rayna Boyanov, too do an interesting job with comic roles. The characters have been woven well into the story and have good comic timing.
While the first half is great. We find ourselves a little short-changed when we reach the story’s climax. It’s a little hurried and fails to make the desired impact. Though not exactly the blockbuster ha-ha you’d expect from Feig, the movie does turn out to be a comic charm.
Why you should watch this film?
If you are into action comedies and want to laugh on the weekend, this is your best bet! It offers two hours worth of laughter and lighthearted antics that are hard not to enjoy. Plus, take it from us you’d definitely want to find out who Susan Cooper finally ends up with! 😉