Since Bridesmaids, it’s safe to say that Melissa McCarthy has been on a little bit of a downward slide. She was so good in Bridesmaids that it actually hurt a little to see her in such awful movies like Identity Thief and Tammy. She bounced back a little this year with St. Vincent (which I think is a bit overrated, but hey! that’s neither here nor there), but I think it’s safe to say that she has once again fully returned to my good graces with Spy.
Thanks, Paul Feig! You really know how to get the most out of her.
Spy is the summer’s best blockbuster so far, and functions as both a terrific comedy and a genuinely interesting spy movie. It’s almost a little obnoxious how many great actors are in this movie, and how amazing each of them is in this movie. McCarthy and Jude Law prove to be a dynamic on-screen duo, and Rose Byrne is delightful as a “bad guy.”
But nobody shines more than Jason Statham. We all know how great he is as a badass, and anyone who’s seen the Crank movies knows he’s willing to be goofy and not take himself so seriously. But I had no idea just how incredibly funny he could be; he’s far and away my favorite part of this movie and an absolute treasure. Bless you, Jason Statham.
Spy is the first espionage movie in a summer that looks to be overflowing with them. I have high hopes for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but they have a lot to live up to already. Spy is an amazingly entertaining film, and wholeheartedly worth your time.