Thursday, July 2, 2015
Cine Beaverhausen: Spy and the Mystique of Melinda McCarthy
Spy was directed by Paul Feig who directed MM in two of her best films: Bridesmaids and The Heat with Sandra Bullock. So, I was intrigued, especially since her leading men were Jude Law and Jason Stratham.
Let me just say that I basically love this comedy-acttion film. The set-up is that McCarthy is a CIA office worker who advises suave, James Bond-like Law via phone. And she has a crush on him.
The film even has a Bond-like title sequence with diva vocals by Ivy Levan. Allison Jenney and Rose Byrne are wonderful in this. And Stratham has some seriously funny lines.
Knowingly funny; definitely camp, McCarthy's scenes in Rome are fabulous. Favorite line: "Rayna, thank God your hair broke your fall!"
There's something very girl-nextdoor and lovable about Ms McCarthy's persona that's essential to enjoying this movie.
It's a great combination of comedy and action, though it goes on a bit too long. Nonetheless, cheeky and spirited viewing. Recommended.