Sound Off: Paul Feig's 'Spy' with Melissa McCarthy - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
June 5, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Unlike any spy you've never seen before. Now playing in theaters everywhere is Paul Feig's new comedy Spy, yet another spoof on the spy movie genre. This time Melissa McCarthy takes the lead, going out in the field on a job as an agent when the men aren't up to the task. The cast includes Jason Statham & Jude Law as spies, plus Miranda Hart, Rose Byrne, Julian Miller and Morena Baccarin. So how is this action comedy? Better than expected? Or a complete mess? McCarthy at her best or worst? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Paul Feig's Spy.
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To start the discussion, I really enjoyed Paul Feig's Spy. It's one of the better comedies this summer, and flips the spy movie formula on its head in a really refreshing way. Kingsman is a riff on spy movies that goes in one direction, while Spy goes in the exact opposite, focusing on the ridiculous stereotypes and cliches that usually make spy movies so entertaining. It's a very smart, fun action-comedy that I wasn't expecting to be as intelligent as it was. I should have learned my lesson by now, as Paul Feig is really the talent behind this, and he's the one responsible for bringing us such impressive humor. Also, Jason Statham is hilarious in this.
From Jeremy's review of Spy: "Statham, the evening star of Spy's comic cast, is so successful with what he's going for here due to a beautiful combination of ridiculous anecdotes and sincerity of his character, a secret agent who, according to himself, has pulled off some amazing feats in his day. You kind of believe his wild claims, because you're convinced Ford believes them. Who's gonna question Jason Statham, anyway, right?"
What did you think of Paul Feig's Spy? One of the best comedies this year or one of the worst?
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