SPY IS THE FUNNIEST MOVIE I’VE SEEN IN A WHILE
I know the presence of Melissa McCarthy will turn a decent amount of people off of this film. Personally, I like her. I guess you could say that her films are my biggest guilty pleasure. I’ve even seen, “Tammy,” and I wanted to hate it – but I couldn’t! I enjoyed that movie much more than I ever thought I would.
I’m sorry, I’m yelling. I’ll stop that.
Let’s focus on “Spy.” McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, who starts the film as the eyes and ears of Jude Law’s spy character, Bradley Fine. She works from the basement of the CIA headquarters, which is infested with all kinds of vermin. I thought that was such a funny, little touch. It also gives birth to one of my favorite lines in the film.
“Guys, there’s a mouse on my tits.”
When Bradley Fine is killed in action, Susan Cooper takes the opportunity to go into the field, and try to avenge his death. Her mission is to track and report on Rayna Boyanov, as played by Rose Byrne. She plans on selling a nuclear weapon on the black market, and it’s up to Susan to stop her.
Along the way, Jason Statham continually pops up as Rick Ford. He works for the CIA, as well, and thinks it was a huge mistake to send McCarthy’s character out into the field. So much so, that every time he shows, he makes sure to tell her that she’s going to mess something up.
It’s great. Jason Statham is hilarious. He plays against his image really well. He’s nowhere near his usual, smooth self (despite what the picture below might have you believe). He’s more of a rambling jackass, who constantly riffs on the ridiculous things that he claims to have done as a spy.
Here are a few of his best lines.
“Nothing kills me. I’m immune to 179 different types of poison. I know because I ingested them all at once when I was deep undercover in an underground poison-ingesting crime ring.”
“I’ve jumped from a high-rise building using only a raincoat as a parachute and broke both legs upon landing; I still had to pretend I was in a fucking Cirque du Soleil show!”
“I watched the woman I love get tossed from a plane and hit by another plane mid-air.”
Here’s the deal: I don’t know how to rein this review in. I loved “Spy,” and as such, anything I write is going to come off that way. So instead of trying, I’m going to bring this to a close.
Before I do that, I should mention that Rose Bryne is great – as always. Also, Miranda Hart steals every scene she’s in. Oh, and Peter Serafinowicz – I definitely need to single him out. He is hilarious as a scummy, Italian contact that Melissa McCarthy’s character makes during her mission.
Then, finally, there’s a cameo from a certain, incredibly famous hip-hop artist. It doesn’t take away from the film, either. It’s actually really funny.
The whole film is great. It’s packed with laughs, from beginning to end. If I haven’t convinced you of that, by this point, then I really doubt there’s much I can do.
For my last ditch effort, here is one more of Jason Statham’s hilarious lines:
“This arm has been ripped off completely and re-attached with *this* fuckin’ arm.”