Seen: June 2015
Cinema: Kino Cinemas (normal screen)
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law
Gene: Comedy / Action
Rating: 7.5 / 10
A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Review (warning spoilers)
A great spy comedy from one of the better comedians in Melissa McCarthy this movie gets the balance right between a spy action movie and a comedy. These days comedies are so over the top in action movies to actually just be weak parodies.
Serious spy movies are really made for laughs, the hero gets caught and the villian just leaves him tied up after explaining the plan or the muscle bound hero scaling a moving 747 airplane! You don’t need to go very crazy to make a good comedy of the action gene, just keep it a little grounded.
This movie succeeds and it keeps you guessing who is double crossing who. Melissa McCarthy’s character Susan Cooper has the skills to be a field operative but hasn’t made that step up instead being the unappreciated coordinator of the mission back at a head office that is falling apart while the field operative gets all the James Bond gadgets. The apparent death of her agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) sets Susan out into the field with hilarious consequences.
The over the top super serious good guy Rick Ford (Jason Statham) plays well with the unsure of herself Susan who keeps saving the day.
Recommendation:If you like like spy movies with a bit of fun see this movie.