Paul Feig, the man who brought us Bridesmaids and The Heat, has come yet again to grace us with his presence, except this time he's made a dud. Spy follows the story of wannabe spy, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy). Instead of going out into the field and taking down bad guys, Susan is stuck at a desk, helping out top agent, Bradley Fine (Jude Law). After he's compromised and the names of every agent are leaked out to the evil Raina Boyanov (Rose Byrne), who's attempting to sell nuclear weapons, Susan is forced to step out into the field, seeings as how she's the only one who's actually anonymous. It's up to her to save the world, I suppose. Was the world even at stake in this movie? Probably. I'm not 100% sure. It more than likely was. After all, I'd let Rose Byrne rule the world if she really wanted to. Just saying.
It may sound like I'm blaming the cast, but I'm not. Well, I am partially, but they try and I'm giving them recognition for that. They just fail. Melissa McCarthy essentially plays herself, which is what she does in just about every movie. She's fine and she's self aware and I'm okay with that. She's just not that entertaining in this movie. Neither is Rose Byrne, to be honest, and that's something I didn't really expect to say when I went in to see this film.
Like Feig's previous film, The Heat, Spy can get surprisingly violent at times. I'm okay with the violence. That's not what I'm here to talk about. I'm here to talk about how insanely terrible the effects were and how obviously choreographed the fights scenes appear. The special effects in this movie, which mostly consist of slow motion blood spurts (as this film has A LOT of slow motion), look so painfully fake, the colour of blood occasionally changing colours between shots. There's a scene where a man is pushed from a building. He lands on a spike and an orange-looking blood squirts out. We cut to a side on shot and the blood is red. Even the blood in this movie is inconsistent.
To sum up, Spy is a bit of a lacklustre follow up to The Heat and Bridesmaids, serving as an unfunny, formulaic, predictable mess of a movie that feels more like a two hour stand up show than an actual narrative.