Spy

by | Jul 1, 2015 | 0 comments

McCarthy Proves Again That She’s the Go-To Comedy Actress

Melissa McCarthy is a comedy giant; there is no denying that. She exploded first with a supporting role in Bridesmaids, which earned her an Oscar nomination. She went on to champion in TV as well, earning an Emmy for her role in Mike & Molly. She’s also been a box-office assurance with Bridesmaids and The Heat each generating more than $150 million. So there is no denying that McCarthy is funny. A great amount of her hilarity comes from improvised scenes where one finds her spurting out rapid insults and one-liners that have the audience rolling on the ground laughing. Her newest comedy film: Spy only confirms her stance as the go to comedy actor of today. 

Spy (surprisingly no movie before in history has had this title) tells the story of a CIA operative, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) who helps field agents navigate when on a mission, she is the “voice in the ear” for her assigned agent: Bradley Fine (Jude Law) whom she also happens to have a crush on. However, after the covers of all field CIA agents are blown, CIA chief Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) is forced to send a fresh face into the field, thus Cooper is sent to Paris. In Paris, Cooper must track the oily-haired Mafioso Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale) in order to figure out the location of a missing nuke.

The majority of the film is planned to generate laughs from physical comedy, but thankfully the arguments between McCarthy and Jason Stantham, who plays hardcore rogue agent, fill in gaps between the action scenes in an equally entertaining way. In the end however the big supporting cast (which also includes Rose Byrne as the main villainess) seems to not be fully taken advantage of. McCarthy holds her own, but the screen does end up hogging her. The film could have used more Jason Stantham and a surprising Miranda Hart who plays Cooper’s best friend at the CIA.

Director Paul Feig (who previously worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat) does a good job at distracting the audience, so much that we forget how clichéd the film is with spy and 007 jokes. Even halfway through the film the audience doesn’t notice that the story has been going nowhere for over an hour. I think that that is an incredible achievement: to have the audience so entertained they don’t focus on the little details and cracks in an artist’s work.

In the end the move is a good laugh. Some jokes fall flat, but the majority makes it through to your smile thanks to an amazing supporting cast and a more than capable star.

  • OVERALL MOVIE RATING 79% 79%

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