SPY

★★★★

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Raad Rawi
2015 / 119 Minutes / 20th Century Fox

The Melissa McCarthy comedy train has been a great ride over the last few years. Although there have been a few bumps along the way… Tammy anyone? I was getting worried after seeing Tammy that we may have reached as much as we can with McCarthy’s comedy, but here she proves she can not only do comedy, but she can also nail down some impressive physical action scenes, even more than in The Heat. Her style of humour has grown a little predictable and tired, but I still find myself laughing out loud at it. She gets me every time!

What works so well in this movie is the perfect balance of action and comedy. I would probably call Spy more of an action movie than a comedy. There’s some very impressive action scenes that I wasn’t expecting going in. Throw in the humour and you’ve got a pretty surprising solid film. Director Paul Feig proved in the equally great The Heat that he can make an entertaining and funny action film with a decent story and a solid cast of great supporting players. Rose Byrne and Jason Stratham are great here and steal many of their scenes.  Stratham should really do a lot more comedies as this is 10 times more exciting and fun than many of the usual action messes I’ve seen of his. However it’s Miranda Hart that gets a lot of the laughs here as McCarthy’s goofy coworker. She definitely steals her scenes and I’m sure we will see a lot more of her soon.

It’s definitely a typical action spy comedy with some of the usual cliche story elements, but along the way there were some great surprises and hilarious moments. Spy is one of the better comedies I’ve seen this year and it’s particularly one of the better action films I’ve seen in awhile. Simple good fun!

Grade  B

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