A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Spy definitely succeeds in actually making people laugh but it is also a flawed film. It is approximately 2 hours and takes a good 25 minutes before Melissa McCarthy actually enters her mission, which feels wholly unnecessary. To be honest, outside of the Jude Law action sequence, the first stretch of the movie isn’t all that exciting or funny. Meanwhile, the back-end of the movie is peppered with plot twists that are logical and fun, but also add too many players to the mystery that really don’t have a character outside of the obvious label of foreign terrorist.
In addition to having a bloated running time, Spy asks audiences to suspend their disbelief to the point of non-existence. It’s believable to see McCarthy whip out a knife and shank a guy under pressure, but some of her more extended action scenes are a bit too ridiculous and don’t really gel well with the movie’s hard R rating and unawareness of it should ground itself in reality, asking us to attach an emotional connection to these characters, or be completely bonkers. It just never quite settles in one direction.
Perhaps that’s what Feig intended though; straight up female power for a genre dominated by males.. What’s most important is that Spy draws forth top-notch hilarious performances from every single one of its leads and supporting roles, offering up what is sure to be one of the better comedies of 2015. Who knew that Jason Statham could nearly kill us with laughter? He needs an hour’s worth of deleted scenes on the Blu-ray.