James Bond … a little different but a lot funnier!
Too many comedies these days try too hard to be funny. The result is often the opposite. These movies try to justify their lack of humor by implementing cheap jokes like a guy smacking a dildo against his forehead, for example, which is so pathetic and NOT funny at all (sorry, White Chicks). No, humor is a subtle thing. It’s not like action or science-fiction. You either have it or you don’t.
And trust me, ladies & gentlemen, the movie Spy has it! In abundance!
The setup of the movie is hardly something new. The story of a bumbling fool who’s suddenly called upon to be an agent in the field has been used so many times over you’d wonder how they can still make the subject funny. Quite recently (in movie terms that means no more than ten years ago) Steve Carell played the inept government agent being sent out into the field for the first time, resulting in very funny situations in the 2008-movie Get Smart.
And just as Get Smart pokes fun at the number 1-British agent of all time, so does Spy basically spoof the whole James Bond-genre. The movie opens with a pretty spectacular opening ceremony, not that much different from every single 007-movie ever made! They even got the music right. The only difference is, this time they send a woman to do a man’s job … finally!
This woman is not just any woman. The actress is a fan-favorite and hugely successful around the world. She may not always be funny and God knows she usually plays the same type of characters, but this time she deserves full credit. Melissa McCarthy, that’s her name, steps into the shoes of a desk clerk working for the CIA who’s suddenly called into action, mainly because no one on the outside knows who she is and they need someone inconspicuous to infiltrate. Yeah, you heard it right, inconspicuous.
It goes without saying that Melissa McCarthy is a legitimate gag-magnet and she is mostly the reason why you’ll end up laughing so much. The movie goes from being funny one moment to hilarious the other moment and keeps it up for its entire running course, that’s two hours of non-stop giggling and laughing out loud! And best of all: you’ll never get tired of the actress bad-mouthing someone or punching someone in the face with her own special set of fighting skills. Check out the fighting scene in the kitchen … you’ll love it!!
Spy may be mostly about Melissa McCarthy, but she’s not the only secret agent running amok in the movie. There’s the handsome – still looking surprisingly young – Jude Law who, let’s face it, comes closer to being James Bond than virtually anyone else in the movie. There’s also another gentlemen in the mix, albeit slightly less elegant and more of a coarse street-fighter’s attitude version of 007, the always electrifying Jason Statham.
It’s very refreshing to see Jason Statham take on a role that’s a bit of a parody instead of always being the serious and dangerous martial arts-fighter. Suffice to say, even he is at times very, very funny!
Let’s hope many directors out there will take notes after watching Spy. What makes this movie so funny is that it has a simple yet entertaining storyline to tell, combined with a set of jokes that are never dirty or far-fetched but always right on the money.
did you know?
In the movie you’ll see a very strange musical act. This is in fact a song from the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest (yes!! Eurovision has finally made it into the USA!). Check out Ukrainian singer Verka Serduchka (somehow singing in German) with his song ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai’. It’s sooo funny … you’ll die laughing!!
Give it to me straight:
Spy is a very funny comedy. Melissa McCarthy is head and shoulders the main attraction and she never lets her guard down. Whether she’s screaming in anger bad-mouthing another person or fighting to stay alive with all kinds of things she can get her hands on, whatever she does in this movie is funny. Period. The rest of the cast is quite brilliant too. Especially Jason Statham takes the cake for twisting and turning his well-known martial arts-fighting persona into quite something else, something more funny and a bit surprising too. The movie lasts two hours which is long for a comedy, but you’ll never notice. The jokes are plentiful and come at you with such variety and wonderful diversity you won’t ever notice. And clever as the script is written, you’ll be treated to a delicious mixture of one-liners and amusing slapstick. Spy is neither the funniest movie ever made nor will it be a comedy classic, but it does what it set out to do: it entertains on ALL levels!