Spy

Spy Review

Spy is a movie about a CIA desk analyst, who is required to do some undercover work and ends up being in the center of an operation attempting to save the world in the face of definite global disaster.  Sounds like the n’teenth movie we’ve watched over the years with the same old plot.  Well beside a few changes, it is mostly true, however a great cast, a very smart script and fun directing by Paul Feig, make it a worthwhile 2 hours, despite the premise not being very original.

Melissa McCarthy gives a mighty performance in the lead of the film; she is simply amazing with her incredible comedic prowess that we are now starting to get used to, as she keeps doing all the right things in every scene to get the most laughs possible.  She is of course accompanied by the also great Jason Statham who shows that he is capable of producing a very funny performance and also Jude Law doing his charming agent thing with the necessary charisma you would expect of him.

There isn’t a lot to say, without giving anything away and there isn’t really anything to criticize.  Most of the thing the movie does, it does well.  It has some great comedy bits and also some nice action sequences to get the adrenaline going.  It’s everything you would want from a light-hearted film with the hilarious Melissa McCarthy and her antics.

Everyone enjoys a good comedy and a good spy movie, and equally a mix of the two genres.  Well, every once in a while a great one comes around and it’s time to sit back and enjoy.

8/10

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. review

An American spy, a Russian spy, lots of action, a bit of comedy, a few twists and tons of charisma and style added by Guy Ritchie’s directing.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E is a very good movie, it starts off with a common premise, categorizing it in the spy genre, which has been very popular in the past few months, with films like Kingsman and Mission Impossible, however it manages to be authentic and unique by distinguishing itself with its peculiar tone, character dynamics, great music score and 60s backdrop.

Henry Cavill steals the show in his role as Napoleon Solo, he gives a remarkable performance showing impeccable drawing power and pulling off the charming agent persona as well as anyone. Armie Hammer is also good as the Russian spy but it’s Alicia Vikander who has another great appearance and seems to be on the up with a couple of very good performances on the bounce.

The plot is definitely the weak part of the film.  It doesn’t have anything particular to offer in terms of dramatic development or mind-blowing twists, which keep you awake for days.  It is rather simplistic and remains more light-hearted instead of exploring darker themes. Even though we’ve come to expect more from Guy Ritchie’s scripts, he chooses to leave more room to work his magic in the director’s chair in this one.  He imposes his style as always, and it’s a joy to watch, as he captures the essence of the 1960s and allows his “agents” to show their on-screen magnetism.

A decent, kind of throwback to the 1960s spy movies with the Guy Ritchie stamp and a wee bit weak story.

7.5/10

Kingsman: The Secret Service-Review

I’ve read and heard a lot of opinions where people praise the movie because as they say it tried to, and succeeded in deconstructing the spy film-genre. That is not true, it takes all the aspects that one would anticipate to see in a secret agent movie, action, twists, fancy gadgets, interesting heroes and villains, and mixes them up in an exaggerated way, which we’ve witnessed more and more in recent years, yet without breaking the mould.

Its strongest suit, is the ability to make the audience laugh continuously throughout the whole duration of the film. The exaggeration of every situation and the utilisation of aspects found in both British and American spy movies, allow for a plethora of amusing moments. The story is set in England, hence the British element is more distinct and that works in favour of getting the audience to embrace the narrative due to it resembling a very well-known secret agent; a certain James Bond.

Great cast that complement the story massively, yet the most important member of cast and crew is the director, Matthew Vaughn. His projects in the last few years have all been very entertaining, his writing and directing makes movies a thrilling ride and he always manages to the get the most out of the story, Kingsman is no different.

All and all, an action-comedy that has a very strong comical attributes that set it apart from a lot of other feel-good spy movies that have fallen short time and time again in recent years.

Hilarious and very enjoyable, just not as innovative and amazing as some people make out.

7/10