Spy is hilarious. End of.
If only it was that easy.
Directed, and written, by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, as an unassuming (desk-bound) CIA analyst, Spy is probably the funniest movie so far this year. The action-comedy makes great use of McCarthy as a headliner and even better use of the great cast of top-notch actors.
When Susan Cooper’s (McCarthy) partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid, and other top agents (one of which is played by Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
The cast includes, and uses to the film’s advantage, Rose Byrne, Morena Baccarin, Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, and 50 Cent.
The breaks from laughter were few and and far between, the writing was punchy and there were more one-liners than you could shake a trombone at.
It’s difficult to pick a favourite character because they were all so brilliant, both in terms of the writing and acting. I will say Law’s character was probably my least favourite, just because everyone else out-funny’d him by a mile. Miranda Hart got to showcase why her BBC show Miranda was such hit, I half expected her to shout out THRUST in certain scenes. Byrne was excellent and Statham’s comedic timing was on point- like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels point.
However it’s the women who made this movie, from its headliner to princess villain, there’s an empowerment that isn’t all up in your face.
I can’t say that every single joke hit its target, but I can say that when it did the laughter was uproarious. Spy manages to be hilarious from beginning to end.
Five (not so) Silent LOLs (out of Five).
In NZ Cinemas May 21st.