After several agents’ identities have been compromised, Susan is given the opportunity to go into the field. Susan’s mission is to observe and report on the activities of Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne). Rayna has a nuclear device that she is looking to sell to the highest bidder. Rayna is ruthless and working with Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale) to find a buyer.
Rick Ford (Jason Statham) is furious that Susan, having zero field experience, is put on the case. He is a gung-ho, over the top agent, determined to solve the case himself. He goes rogue and puts himself in the middle of the action. There are two big problems with his plan. The first, Rayna knows he is an agent. She has been known to kill agents who try to stop her. The second is his own ego. He believes he is invincible and has many stories to demonstrate this fact.
In the field, Susan is joined by Nancy (Miranda Hart), her basement coworker, and Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz), an overly sexual Italian agent. Susan must not only stop Rayna and her cohorts, but keep herself and her fellow agents alive.
I’ll admit, after seeing the previews, I didn’t have much hope for Spy. Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of Melissa McCarthy. She tends to be a bit one note, and not really my cup of tea. On top of that, the premise seemed ripe for failure.
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised that my expectations were way off. Melissa McCarthy is delightful and hilarious in this movie. This is hands down my favorite McCarthy film. She abandons the persona she has in almost every other film and just gets down to being funny. Another surprise was Jason Statham. I’m used to seeing him as an action star. It’s what he does, and he does it well. I had no idea he had any comedic chops. His ridiculous Rick Ford is constantly bragging about absurd situations he survived. I like him even more now.
The rest of the cast, especially Peter Serafinowicz, doesn’t disappoint, either. Paul Feig must be given credit for giving them such a great script to work with. The comedy is always spot on. The pace never drags or feels rushed. It is a big improvement from The Heat his last collaboration with McCarthy. It gives me hope for his Ghostbusters reboot.
Spy is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a while. Kudos to the cast and crew for creating such an entertaining film. If you were hesitant about seeing this one, due to the cast or premise, put that aside. You will not be disappointed.