Spy Film Review

Film Review by Saskia Donnell

The Premise
Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis.

The Review
I have loved Melissa McCarthy ever since my obsession with ‘Gilmore Girls’, but I’ve never felt like her skill for comedic acting has been used as well as when she was Sookie St James… until now!

‘Spy’ somehow manages to come across as a serious spy thriller as well as being utterly ridiculous. Both work together to make this film unforgettable and another success for Paul Feig (I now almost trust him with an all-female Ghost Busters). The one area that let ‘Spy’ down was the narrative itself which felt confused and a little chaotic near the end. Luckily the cast are more than enough to make it well worth your while.

Susan Cooper (McCarthy) has only been desk-bound due to Agent Fine (Jude Law) telling her that’s what suits her and making her believe she could never succeed as an agent out in the field. Susan seems happy to sacrifice her own career to further Fine’s and is constantly in awe of how he conducts himself on missions (although it’s really due to her voice in his ear telling him what to do!) It was refreshing to discover that when put up to the challenge, Susan Cooper is a total badass! The action sequences in this film are as good as you’d expect from a regular action flick and some of the scenes were surprisingly gory! Enough to say that if you have a weak stomach…this may not be the film for you.

Funnily enough it’s Jason Statham who takes on the role of the slightly silly, accident-prone agent; Rick Ford. His ridiculous stories of bravado and skill are clearly over-compensation for his lack of essential skills as a CIA Agent. Even though his main purpose seems to be to bring Cooper down and undermine her at every turn, you can’t help but have a soft spot for the big idiot. Statham is probably the most obviously under-used character in ‘Spy’ which is a shame because his scenes are definite highlights.

The relationship between the villain Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) and Susan Cooper is perfectly hilarious. With Boyanov trying to maintain an un-phased by anything, haughty front and Cooper throwing her off by matching her tirade of filthy insults, they make an entertaining pair. You’re never really sure who is in control at any one time and you suspect that deep down they might want to be besties. Along with Miranda Hart as Cooper’s slightly goofy colleague and Peter Serafinowicz as a pervy Italian agent who is constantly trying to get in her pants, the supporting cast keep every scene strong.

But the show stealer is McCarthy who pulls off being a secret agent with flare and a bit of sexiness which I’ve come to expect from her. Amongst the hilarity, it really is a movie about Susan Cooper learning to trust her own abilities in the face of so much discouragement.

The Verdict
I went in expecting a film chock-full of fat jokes and McCarthy making endless mistakes as she attempts being an undercover agent. I couldn’t have been more wrong!  Unless you are terribly squeamish and have an aversion for enjoying yourself…then this movie is for you!

The Trailer

The Info
Film Releases: 21st May 2015
Rating: R16 – (Contains Violence, sexual references & offensive language)
Duration: 120 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Morena Baccarin and Melissa McCarthy
Director: Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids)

The Extras
This is the third film, couple, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale have worked on together.

Filipino Martial Arts are used for the movies fight Scenes. Melissa McCarthy was trained in Kali by Diana Lee Inosanto

Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne starred together in Bridesmaids, also directed by Paul Feig.

Third collaboration between actress Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig.

Jason Statham's third comedy film the previous two were Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.

Film was shot around the world famous lake Balaton.

Spy (2015) is being released in the same 2015 year as such other big spy espionage films as Spectre (2015), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)_.

Melissa McCarthy's character in Mike & Molly was a school teacher, before she quit to become a writer. Similar to Spy, her character was a school teacher before she quit to join the CIA.