Spy: What You Need To Know
Having already worked together on hit comedies like Bridesmaids and The Heat, not to mention the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy teamed up once again earlier this year for the director's espionage comedy Spy. The film arrives in stores on Monday (November 9th and you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page), here's everything you need to know about it...
Who's in it?
Alongside McCarthy is a cast that includes Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham and Bobby Cannavale, while TV comedy queen Miranda Hart makes the transition to the big screen in her first major feature. Elsewhere there are appearances from The West Wing's Allison Janney and Veep's Sam Richardson, plus a cameo from Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson and a hilarious performance from Peter Serafinowicz as the lecherous Italian secret agent Aldo.
What's the plot?
McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, a pen-pushing CIA analyst working a desk job as a technical assistant to suave secret agent Bradley Fine (Law). When Fine accidentally shoots a criminal named Tihomir Boyanov, the only person who knows the location of a stolen nuclear weapon, the agency go looking for his daughter Rayna (Byrne), believing she may also know the location of the bomb.
However, things don't go to plan; using a camera embedded in one of his contact lenses, Susan watches Rayna kill Fine when he breaks into her home. To make matters worse, Rayna reveals that she knows the identity of all the CIA's active field operatives, meaning that the agency will have to send someone new to investigate in order to avoid the risk of losing another agent.
Cooper volunteers for the mission, but she soon finds that life as a secret agent working in the field isn't quite as glamorous as she imagined. What she does discover is a world of double-crossing double agents and before long she's wondering who she can really trust.
Does it deliver?
Anyone who has seen one of Paul Feig's films starring Melissa McCarthy will know exactly what to expect from Spy and it doesn't disappoint. It goes without saying that McCarthy is the star of the show here, but the writing is as sharp as it is witty and the film nails the balance between action and comedy perfectly. The supporting cast are great too; both Jude Law and Jason Statham's characters are beacons of stupidity, albeit in very different ways, while Miranda Hart basically plays herself and Peter Serafinowicz is brilliantly ridiculous every time he appears on the screen.
McCarthy is at her best when given room to improvise and that's one of the things that has made the partnership with Paul Feig so effective. McCarthy is funny whether doing dialogue-heavy scenes or full-on slapstick and Spy gives her the chance to do both. If you're not a fan of the Feig-McCarthy films then this probably won't change your opinion, but for anyone who found themselves howling at Bridesmaids this film will provide plenty of laughs.