These “transfer” reviews are from when I only did reviews on my Facebook page back in 2015. Bare in mind when reading these, I didn’t have the same formula in my review writing that I do now, and my usual “who starred and who directed” information is completely absent, so everything “italicized” is new. With that said, enjoy this review from 2015.
There is a strong possibility that I will not be able to fairly talk about this movie as I had 2 long islands in me while viewing, but I am going to do my best. To start, SPY hadn’t quite piqued my interest at the beginning. Especially after that whole TAMMY fiasco, I had thought that Melissa McCarthy wasn’t cut out to be a star, as her best movies seemed to be BRIDESMAIDS, which she wasn’t the star, and ST. VINCENT, which she also wasn’t the star. Also, while the trailers were certainly entertaining, I had a sinking feeling that this was one of THOSE comedies where the best jokes were in the trailers and the rest of the film had nothing. However, after seeing that Rotten Tomatoes had given it a 94% and IMDb gave a 7.5, my interest went up a few notches. So I bought my ticket.
Starring: Melissa McCarthy (GHOSTBUSTERS , BRIDESMAIDS , TV show SAMANTHA WHO? [2007 – 2009], and upcoming films THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS  and CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? ), Rose Byrne (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE , 28 WEEKS LATER , STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES , and upcoming films JULIET, NAKED  and PETER RABBIT ), Peter Serafinowicz (GOING IN STYLE , GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY , and TV show THE TICK [2017 – ongoing]), and Miranda Hart (MIRANDA [2009 – 2015] and the upcoming THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS )
Support: Jude Law (KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD , SHERLOCK HOLMES , SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW , and upcoming films FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD  and A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK ), Jason Statham (FATE OF THE FURIOUS , THE EXPENDABLES , SNATCH , and the upcoming THE MEG ), Alison Janney (I, TONYA , TALLALUH , and JUNO ), Bobby Cannavale (JUMANJI 2 , FERDINAND , DANNY COLLINS , and upcoming films GOING PLACES  and THE IRISHMAN ), and Morena Baccarin (DEADPOOL , SERENITY , TV show FIREFLY [2002 – 2003], and upcoming films DEADPOOL 2 , ODE TO JOY )
Director: Paul Feig (GHOSTBUSTERS , UNACCOMPANIED MINORS , I AM DAVID , and the upcoming A SIMPLE FAVOR ). Writer: Paul Feig (GHOSTBUSTERS , I AM DAVID, and the upcoming A SIMPLE FAVOR). Composer: Theodore Shapiro (CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS , DANNY COLLINS, TROPIC THUNDER , IDIOCRACY , and the upcoming SIMPLE FAVOR). Cinematographer: Robert D. Yeoman (GHOSTBUSTERS, MARTIAN CHILD , DOGMA , and the upcoming MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN ). Editors: Melissa Bretherton (SNATCHED  and ACHORMAN 2 ) and Brent White (GHOSTBUSTERS , THE OTHER GUYS , MATILDA , and the upcoming SIMPLE FAVOR)
Story on top (SPOILERS GALORE), review on bottom.
The story follows Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy), who is a fantastic analyst for the C.I.A. and is field agent Bradley Fine’s (Jude Law) most trusted handler. Susan has feelings for the dashing agent and the two are very close, but it’s clear that Fine only sees her as a close friend. On a mission in search of a nuclear weapon, Fine has their target in his sights, but accidentally kills the man. Susan successfully brings Fine back home and even have a second crack at finding the weapon by tracking down the original target’s daughter, Rayna (Rose Byrne). Things take a turn for the worse when Fine is caught by Rayna, and Susan witnesses Rayne kill Fine, but not before revealing that the woman knows the names of all the C.I.A’s top field agents. The C.I.A. needs to take out Rayna, but they can’t send in their best. Susan volunteers to go undercover, and despite negative feedback, Susan is given the assignment. Susan goes undercover and manages to get close to the bitchy Rayna, despite her superior telling her to only observe and report on her and Rayna’s dastard contact Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale). While Susan gets deeper in this mess, it is later discovered that Rayna found out about Susan’s cover and even further reveals that she didn’t actually kill Fine, and that he is her lover and a double agent. Susan is captured, but is soon freed by Fine who again reveals that he isn’t REALLY a double agent. He’s just so deep under cover that he had to make everything look convincing. Susan plays along, and after meeting up with Fine, Rayna, and even De Luca himself, Susan even fakes that she too is a double agent to get closer to keep Fine’s plan running smoothly in hopes that the nuclear device will soon be revealed. It soon is. Betrayal and chaos, De Luca escapes with the device and Susan is hot on his trail. After a harrowing fight on a helicopter, De Luca is killed, falls out of the chopper, and the day is saved. The C.I.A. recovers the device and Susan is promoted to field agent for her work and ready to put her on her first official assignment. Happy ending.
Despite being not completely sober, this movie was pretty funny. I think it’s largely due to McCarthy breaking away from her traditional low-brow formula: a bumbling idiot trying to be smart. In this film, she actually is smart. Susan cleverly weaves out of dangerous situations by either outsmarting her opponents, or proving that she is a competent fighter. Oh, and she does spout real comedy, rather than what bad writers perceive to be comedy, which is such a welcomed change of pace, not only for McCarthy herself, but the genre as a whole as I am not the biggest comedy fan. Granted, some jokes that would normally be funny… weren’t… simply because the gag was used over and over in its trailers.
Performances all around were great, although Law’s American accent is clearly unpolished. Strange that he would use an accent, but not Jason Statham, who plays obvious-bad-ass C.I.A. agent Rick Ford. Questionable choices made there, but whatever. Even Statham, who I am not the biggest fan of, delivers some hilarious lines as well. His character is like a parody of his own career, which is saying something because a lot of Statham’s work could be so over-the-top that they were parodies all their own.
I also would like to give a shout-out to any FIREFLY fans out there, Morena Baccarin has a brief but entertaining role, which also sealed the deal in me seeing this movie.
The only real gripe I had was toward the end when it shows Rayna getting arrested by the C.I.A. but she and Susan have some sort of developed-respect for each other. I know the argument is probably because Susan saved Rayna’s life a few times, but Rayna isn’t exactly the most grateful of people and she doesn’t exactly show any redeeming values to warrant an, “aww, you’re getting arrested, but at least there’s someone out there who likes you” response from the audience.
While it doesn’t do anything new for its genre, SPY is a thoroughly entertaining flick where it could have easily been, at best, mediocre. Mostly well-written characters, decent action scenes, and a great deal of funny dished out, this action-comedy is well worth giving it a chance if you’ve been on the fence about it like I was. It could easily be seen as a standard Melissa McCarthy movie, but she successfully breaks the mold and is given a better and more lovable character this time around.
My honest rating for SPY: 4/5