624. Spy

624-spyBackground info

Title: Spy
Director: Paul Feig
Year: 2015
Run time: 1hr 59m

“Deskbound CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is about to become the world’s newest — and unlikeliest — secret weapon. When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, Susan volunteers to go deep undercover and bring down a deadly arms dealer. Loaded with wise-cracking humor, action and adventure, SPY is a mission impossible to resist!”

Live blog

1:51 – This is almost an audition for James Bond.
3:56 – Love “watch your six.” I wish I had reason to say that more often.
9:45 – Fake Bond credits. It’s worrying how easy it is to imitate Bond really.
15:42 – “Well behaved women seldom make history.” I have never heard that!
21:01 – Some rubbishy trinket becomes hugely emotional relic.
23:14 – Face off machine!
26:15 – Properly love her giggly acceptance of going out in the field.
30:53 – Yay for fun film, boo for Paris!
35:48 – Jason Statham did a YOU ARE.
38:25 – “He’s gone all sorts of rogue.”
46:57 – Cat lady really isn’t a good look and I didn’t think it could get worse.
51:15 – We’ve upgraded to full blown rogue!
58:13 – Hehe, fainting, and no one helped!
1:02:41 – They switched off Rome!
1:10:56 – Pulling up on the column is one thing, but landing a plane is a whole other story!
1:12:25 – “Be more like her” is possibly the best compliment ever.
1:16:33 – Tipping over a motorbike is the best start to a car chase.
1:20:46 – She looks JUST like Dawn French, it’s freaky.
1:23:50 – 50 Cent piece.
1:29:15 – All the films we watch, and I still didn’t see that coming.
1:35:01 – It’s only funny because she was having the empowering moment.
1:35:56 – Lady Superspy.
1:44:23 – “He means well.” Oh my god, you can’t say that about JS!
1:49:44 – “You ever see Kanye do that?” Haha, fiddy.

Conclusions

Properly loved this one. It was no doubt helped by the fact that we’ve just trawled our way through the entire James Bond archive, but what a fantastic comedy spy homage film. It was packed with nods to the source material, but was an equally solid story in its own right. How one woman manages to dig deep and do what’s right for her country, despite being surrounded by, let’s face it, fools.

I have never had much of a soft spot for Jason Statham, but he made me laugh so much in this one. The scene with the door, followed by “he means well,” I was in hysterics and had to watch it over and over.

Melissa is great, it’s wonderful to see Miranda doing her thing in a blockbuster, and the Rose Byrnes as the reluctant villain was also great. Plenty of girl power in this one! Really enjoyed it from start to finish.

Rating: 5/5.

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