Spy Review

Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig's Spy

Paul Feig is back. And like with Bridesmaids and The Heat, women head up his new caper Spy. Melissa McCarthy teams up for a third time with Feig and is once again in top form.

Spy is an action-comedy that stays away from being a spoof of a James Bond film. It’s no Airplane. After a group of CIA agents’ identities are compromised, desk-bound analyst Agent Susan Cooper (McCarthy) steps up to the plate to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer and stop a global catastrophe.

The Seattle International Film Festival chose Spy as their opening night film. A crowd of over 3,000 audience members attended the screening at the McCaw Hall, home of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company and the Seattle Opera Company. While an original opening night choice for a film festival that has screened works from around the globe over a three weeks period since 1976, Spy was an excellent way to kick off its 39th year. The film was received with raucous laughter and genuine applause.

Paul Feig excels once again in his casting. He brings together an international cast alongside McCarthy that includes: Jude Law as the hot one, Rose Byrne as the stuck up baddie, Jason Stratham as an amazing comedic version of himself in every other film, Allisson Janney always read with a quick sharp comeback and Miranda Hart as an excellent side-kick and friend to McCarthy.

Spy will tickle your funny bone over and over. All actors bounce off each other with ease and sharp comedic performances. Watching Jason Stratham send himself up is a treat, Melissa McCarthy tearing down Rose Byrne by describing her outfit as a “slutty dolphin trainer”, and the banter between Miranda Hart and McCarthy is stuff great friendships are made of.

All in all Spy is the comedy of the summer, and yes, the summer hasn’t yet begun. Paul Feig has once again set himself up as the best when it comes to female comedies. Stand by for his Ghostbusters reboot and his new partnership with Amy Schumer for more raucous laughter with a tender side.

 

 

About The Author

Jen Kilchenmann

Originally from Switzerland, Jen moved to the UK to complete her education in media and film. She has been a film critic for over 15 years, has written for g3 Magazine, AfterEllen and SoSoGay. Now based out of Seattle, Jen is part of the programming team for SLGFF, a board member at Three Dollar Bill Cinema, and in development on a handful of screenplays.

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