Paul Feig is three for three in his recent comedic properties, and with “Spy” we see him team up with Melissa McCarthy once again. McCarthy stars as a CIA agent who gets the chance to finally be the exciting agent she always wanted to be. Jude Law, Jason Statham, and Rose Byrne cap off the delightful new addition to the spy genre.
McCarthy stars as a desk-jockey who works behind the scenes at the CIA, helping one of the big-shot agents, Bradley Fine (Jude Law), on his missions. When a mission looking for a suitcase nuke gets Fine killed, McCarthy’s Susan Cooper goes on her first mission to stop the nuke from getting in the wrong hands. Cooper is badgered by Jason Statham’s Rick Ford, a self-centered and obnoxious agent, who wants the mission to himself.
As far as spy movies go, this movie isn’t revolutionary, but as a comedic spy film, delivers in spades. Melissa McCarthy was made for this role (more likely it was made for her) and delivers the entire movie. She pulls off the action scenes with a comedic twist, but doesn’t make them goofy. Rose Byrne and Amanda Hart are the two stellar additions to the film, both add the humor that the film sometimes lacks, and also are two amazing characters in the film. Jason Statham and Jude Law are also pretty solid in the film, both deliver when needed and are have their moments.
The one downside of the movie is that it never really takes the movie to the next level. The film starts out on a pretty high level, but never leaves that level to go the extraordinary place it needs to go. By playing it safe, Feig makes by with a great film, which is sad considering it had all the elements to truly change the game.
“Spy” is one of the greater additions to the booming spy genre and will be a great repeat viewing some years down the line. Hopefully this signals that Feig’s new “Ghostbusters” film will follow suit and be a wonderful film.