Lowly and lovelorn CIA analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy) hides her light under the dashing bushel of field agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) – until a nasty mishap forces her to become the spy she was born to be, facing off against Byrne’s preened, mouthy villain and hampered by Statham (an unexpected barrel of cocky Cockney laughs). Ignore the lengthy, hammy, creaky spy spoof machinations – the comedy easily eclipses the uneven plot, and McCarthy carries the day with highly likeable gusto.
Spy (Spy – Susan Cooper Undercover) Directed by Paul Feig (USA 2015) with Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham. Starts June 4
Originally published in issue #139, June 2015.