release date: 5 June 2015 (Canada)
run time: 120 mins
considered: Action, Comedy, Crime
director: Paul Feig
starring: Jude Law, Raad Rawi, Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Chaffin, Miranda Hart, Sam Richardson, Katie Dippold, Jaime Pacheco, Romain Apelbaum, Rose Byrne, Richard Brake, Steve Bannos, Morena Baccarat, Jason Statham, Carlos Ponce
movie summary: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: If you are a fan of Melissa McCarthy and love her work, you should print this review and put it on your fridge. This could be the only time in history that I will praise her work in a movie. Last summer I participated in a posting thread that had me list my least favourite actresses, where McCarthy came in first place. I was very hesitate to watch Spy, like ever, but this movie received high praise opening weekend so I took a chance and went a few days after it opened. Much to my surprise I laughed from the beginning to the very end and when a friend wanted to go see it a few days later I went back and laughed just as much.
You may be thinking at this point that McCarthy was able to convince me to like her from this one movie, but that’s not the case. The absolute best part of this entire silly over the top story is Jason Stratham’s character Rick Ford. I would actually consider owning this movie based on his performance alone, which really compliments McCarthy’s Susan Cooper character so well. The pair may not share a lot of screen time together but when they do the sparks really fly with insults as these two fiery competitors bring out the best and worse in one another.
The story is super crazy and completely not possible, even though it does fit the style of comedy people are used to seeing from McCarthy. There’s a lot of action, funny moments, and drama to keep the audience interested for two hours as she stumbles and fumbles her way across Europe. Just when you think the situation can’t get any worse, the story continues to add more funny moments thanks to her stupid sidekick Nancy B. Artingstall (Miranda Hart) and Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne).
my final thoughts: Spy won’t be for everyone, even for the people who loved The Heat. I got to give credit to everyone involved in the writing process as well as everyone on set who managed to sit through every take and not burst out laughing. Spy won’t win any awards or rake in the big bucks, but could be one of the summer’s funniest movies. If you need a night out and are looking to be entertained, look no further then Spy.
my star rating: 8 out 10
imdb: 7.6 out 10
rottentomatoes: 95% out 100%
roger ebert: 3 out 4
richard crouse: 4 out 5