Spy tells the story of a desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
During the opening titles of this film, and the scene preceding this that starred Jude Law in action with an awkward floppy wig bouncing about his (handsome) features, it did feel very much like a rip-off of a Bond film with a female lead. McCarthy is for sure a leading woman, but it felt more the film//script itself that lacked. There were enjoyable moments but they were filled with ups and downs, which ultimately left the audience disappointed. Unfortunately, two members of the audience in the session in which I saw the film did go to leave and never to return.
I found that this film could be distinctly split into two halves, especially in regards to Melissa McCarthy’s Susan Cooper: a heavily scripted characterisation to get to the second half of the film, mainly set in Budapest, Hungary, where McCarthy could show off her acting chops and prove her worthy of her previous Oscar nod for 2011′s Bridesmaids. There were definitely scenes where the audience would laugh out loud, but ultimately, as stated before, there’s were only brief moments and didn’t contain the same magic director Paul Feig provided in Bridesmaids and The Heat, which also starred McCarthy. There was a lack of well written characters, especially for Law, who we know has some decent enough acting chops, and lack of any physical action for Jason Statham’s character, whom the majority of us know as an action-type star from the Transporter films.
I wouldn’t call this film a disappointed, it’s just a film that could’ve had so much potential with a great comedic cast and director at it’s helm but didn’t really achieve what it set out to accomplish.