Posted by martinteller on June 26, 2015
Wow, has it really been two weeks since I last watched a movie? I gotta say, I miss movies. Carrie and I have been busy house-hunting and dealing with all that stuff, so mostly we’ve been spending the little free time we have watching TV. But tonight we were bored and there wasn’t a show we were both excited to watch, so we decided to head out to the theater (which also has the advantage of being well air-conditioned). I didn’t particularly want to see Inside Out and she didn’t particularly want to see Fury Road, but we were both into the idea of seeing Spy.
It was a damn good call. Melissa McCarthy is hilarious (and Jason Statham matches her all the way) and the script sports a lot of funny dialogue and solid genre send-ups. It’s more entertaining than any 007 flick since the Connery era. It does occasionally get bogged down when too much attention is given to the uninspired plot, a muddled composite of ho-hum espionage tropes. But when it focuses on the gags and the action, it’s rock solid entertainment. And furthermore, it deftly avoids the numerous pitfalls that could have arisen from a story centered around a fat woman. None of the humor comes from Susan Cooper’s size, and she comes off as a strong, capable character… whose physical achievements are far less implausible than those of James Bond or Jason Bourne. I’ll gladly see the sequel. There’s gonna be a sequel, right? Rating: Very Good (85)