Spy – Film Review

Melissa McCarthy shows off her superb comic timing in this frothy action comedy

Melissa McCarthy reunites with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for this frothy action comedy set in the world of international espionage. She plays Susan Cooper, a meek, desk-bound CIA analyst given a one-off opportunity to head into the field wielding a gun when a former colleague (Jude Law) is killed, allegedly by a European arms dealer (Bridesmaids‘ Rose Byrne). The deliberately ridiculous plot gives McCarthy the chance to show off her superb comic timing in a series of witty exchanges with a boastful rogue agent (a surprisingly subtle Jason Statham) and amusing set-pieces, including a ludicrous shoot-off in a private jet. It all bodes well for Feig and McCarthy’s next collaboration, 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot.

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