"Aw Man, I Was Having Such an Empowering Moment Before."
Now I can say after watching “Spy” that Feig has figured out how to best utilize his skills, and those of his collaborators. I feel as though he’s given me a gift; since the start of this year, this is the first film I’ve reviewed in theaters that made me want to turn back around after it was over so I could watch it again.
Like the characters in it, the film is funny without drawing attention away from what is actually happening on screen: a high stakes, international spy thriller with an underdog lead. Feig’s script never sacrifices the action for the sake of generating more laughs, and that decision lifts the film from a simple parody to a tight, fast-paced homage. As Susan Cooper makes her transformation from unassuming wallflower to take-charge super spy, Feig puts her through her paces by tossing her into situation after situation filled with enough twists and turns to make James Bond breathless. He does so because he trusts his main character to not merely handle the danger she’s placed herself in, but thrive in the center of it. That level of seriousness and belief in his creation is what makes Feig a great filmmaker; “Spy” could have so easily been a meandering, goofy trifle, but because the story being told is a genuinely thrilling one, it became a great action film that still managed to make me laugh every other minute. It’s such a difficult balance to strike, and Feig and the rest of his team made it look so easy.
“Spy” is a rare comedy that is both funny and exciting, and has the potential to be one of Feig’s most enduring films. It took me from merely liking the Feig/McCarthy team to trusting them implicitly. Yes, yes and YES to everything this movie has to offer.
A martini. Vodka, with olives. Dirty.
-Drink whenever Susan acquires a new outfit.
-Drink when someone is shot.
-Drink when it is revealed that someone has been lying.
-Drink whenever Jason Statham appears in a scene.
-Drink when someone speaks to another over a headset.
This review was written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "Spy" was produced by Feigco Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is rated "R" with a runtime of 120 minutes.