This 2015 film starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham and Jude law, is the funniest film that I have seen this year.
Written and directed by Pau Feig, the movie follows CIA analyst Susan Cooper and her transformation into a field agent in order to stop a black market sale of a nuke.
It is such a simple premise, and once again, pretty standard fair for a spy flick, but what sets this film apart from all the rest is its ability to make fun of itself and all spy films that have come before it. It is not an outright parody like films such as Austin Powers. Instead, it is more like James Bond meets Get Smart. More action than you would think, but just the right amount of comedy to balance it all out. Except, you know, a little bloodier than most other action comedies.
Melissa McCarthy is, hilarious as Agent Susan Cooper. She plays the underdog so wonderfully, and then surprises us with her kick ass moves when confronting the bad guys, it is such rollercoaster of laughter and action that you find yourself just waiting for her next confrontation so you can hear her peel off another witty insult and threat to break someone’s bones.
Rose Byrne as the nuke dealer Rayna Boyanov is wonderful as a prissy villain who believes everyone should kiss the ground she walks on. The interactions between her and Cooper are wonderful. Sometimes I found myself choking in laughter at the awful things they said to each other.
Jason Statham is one of the best highlights of the movie. Going into this I thought he would play his usual tough guy that nobody wants to piss off. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find that he was playing a parody version of his former characters. Here his character Rick Ford thinks he is a tough guy, but really he is quite useless at his job, and you are left wondering how he became a spy in the first place. It is so nice to see Statham doing comedy. I think he should do more of it.
The film was released in March and has so far made over $200 million at the box office, which is well earned for the $65 million budget. This film has everything I want in a great film; action, explosions, laughter, friendship, witty rejoinders and mystery. This is the kind of film I could easily watch over and over again.
I give it a 4 out of 5. 🙂