Yup, Melissa McCarthy is starring in yet another movie but let’s face it, the comedic actress hasn’t exactly had that many winners since her days as the awesome Sookie St James in Gilmore Girls. I was a huge fan of McCarthy during her Gilmore Girls days but these days I find her movies to be more ultimate cheese rather than comedy gold. Luckily for me, and Melissa McCarthy fans everywhere, her new spy caper-slash-comedy brings back the Melissa we all know and love and it’s hilarious to boot! Here’s why you need to watch Spy this weekend!
Starring Mellissa McCarthy, Rosie Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Statham, the film has some serious star power who all manage to pull off some pretty great comedic moments. The film follows Susan Cooper (McCarthy), 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, and prevent a global disaster.
McCarthy is super funny in this movie but her character is also believable and relateable. She plays a normal women with insecurities that we can all connect with. Which is why her comedic moments land so well and why she has us in stitches throughout the film. But in addition to being just a normal lass Susan Cooper also holds her own as a super spy in the film, making her a lead character you can respect and laugh at. Another shining star in the film is villain Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne). With her drier than dust sarcasm and absolutely hilarious verbal assaults Rayna almost manages to steal the show from McCarthy. Skeptical or not, the interactions between these two characters are reason enough to watch this film.
The film also offers plenty of action. There are fight scenes, car chases, shootouts and all sorts of action movie staples in this film. If you’re struggling to get your boyfriend to tag along then show him this review and reassure him that there will be plenty of stuff blowing up in-between all the comedy. Having said that, there are also some surprisingly gory moments in this movie. I wasn’t expecting to see moments of gore in a comedy but it’s not over the top or unmanageable by any means.
The boys will also love Jason Statham as Rick Ford. Of course, Statham is no stranger to action movies but in Spy we get to see a whole new side of the action star. Statham is charming and loveable as the big egoed super spy, Ford. He spends the film skewering his usual Cockney tough-guy persona and delivers some great comedy moments. It’s a refreshing role and he has great chemistry with McCarthy.
But the most important thing to know about Spy is that it is a laugh-a-minute romp of note. This is one of the funniest movies I have seen (so far) this year. So make sure you head through this weekend for a giggle of note.
Spy hits cinemas on Friday 5 June 2015.
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