Guns are a blazing, gadgets are put to good use, and Gillian Anderson’s here to be rightfully recognised as the queen we all know she is. “You are the Beyonce of the government,” McKinnon’s Morgan constantly reminds her in what’s one of the funniest reoccurring gags in the film. The Spy Who Dumped Me is a lot of fun. It’s a silly, over the top movie that never even bothers taking itself seriously, and because of that it works so well. Emotional plot beats and character arcs are kept to a minimum. Laughs, however, are dialed all the way up to eleven.
However, even though the plot manages to fall flat, with its twists and turns often leaving the audience in a state of pure befuddlement, the two leads manage to bring this film all the way home and land it safely on the tarmac. There’s no possible reality in which a film starring both Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon is going to end up being unfunny. These two endlessly talented leading ladies share an incomparable comedic chemistry, constantly bouncing off of each other and clearly having an absolute blast doing so. Even in the many, many jokes that fall flat, they still manage to make it engaging. Perhaps a little less so with the poop gags.
The fact that this is getting bad reviews probably shouldn’t surprise me. It is, after all, the exact type of movie I myself have known to trash on before. It’s a generic spy comedy that adds very little to the genre, yet I found myself constantly enjoying it. It takes ten minutes or so to finds it footing, featuring the most inconsistently colour graded opening action sequence ever, and it does have a tendency to outstay its welcome and stretch the plot out to ridiculous degrees, but if you strap yourself in knowing what type of movie’s to come, there’s plenty to enjoy.
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