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Movie Review: Spy

5 Spy (2015)

I just got back from watching Spy, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. It is hands down, without a doubt the best comedy that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s easily the funniest movie of the year, and I honestly can’t praise it enough.

Clearly the movie is hilarious. There were so many amazing jokes throughout the film, it’s impossible to remember them all. The dialogue was amazing, it seemed as if there was a joke in every characters lines and I absolutely loved it. I don’t think I stopped laughing for more than a few seconds and that was probably just to catch my breath.

The plot was pretty straightforward, there were no big surprises but I still found it very enjoyable. There were no major plot holes and everything moved along smoothly. The film’s cast was simply fantastic as well. Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest women alive, and I am such a big fan of her work. I’ve loved her in everything I’ve seen her in and Spy is no exception. She does an amazing job at portraying her character as the shy nerdy type who has a dark/badass side. She has so many memorable lines and scenes in the movie, she really is a pleasure to watch.

Rose Byrne was her usually beautiful and hilarious self. Some of the best scenes in the movie were between Byrne and McCarthy’s characters. Both women just absolutely killed with their delivery of their jokes. I was laughing at pretty much everything that came out of their mouths.

One of the best and most pleasant surprises in the movie had to be Jason Statham. Not only is he arguably the biggest action star in Hollywood right now, but he definitely has the gift for comedy. He has excellent comedic timing and is absolutely hilarious as the straight man. His character was just the best. Everything he said was even funnier just because it was coming from such a serious badass. I know he’s had great success making action movies but I’d really love to see him do more comedies like this because he was simply awesome in it.

The person that I think stole the show though had to be newcomer Miranda Hart. She played kind of McCarthy’s side-kick/best friend and she had me laughing out loud with every single thing she said or did. She is without a doubt one of the best things about the movie, she is just hilarious. I hope they make a sequel just so I get to see more of her. Really, she was that good and that funny.

Spy isn’t just about jokes and comedy though, it’s actually also a pretty great action movie too. The stunts and action sequences were expertly shot and choreographed. This movie had some of the best fight scenes that I’ve seen in a while. I can’t say enough good things about them, they were both funny and exciting at the same time (they were pretty gory too). I especially liked the use of slow motion during some of the fight scenes, it helped make a funny movie even funnier. McCarthy more than held her own as an “action star” doing an excellent job in all that stunts and action sequences. I find it refreshing to see an action-comedy with a female lead. You don’t really see many of those types of movies but I hope that after this one we see more like them.

The movie also had great positive message. With a strong female lead like McCarthy the movie showed that women can be just as funny and badass as men. There is a definite theme of empowering women, and showing how a woman doesn’t need a man to be successful.

Overall, Spy is an absolute comedic masterpiece. I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about it, if anything I just wish it was longer so I’d get to see more of it. Director Paul Feig and McCarthy have proven to be an amazing team, and I can’t wait to see their next movie. I just absolutely loved Spy, and I enjoyed watching every minute of it. My face still hurts from laughing so much. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard and so often during a movie. It is without a doubt the best comedy of the year, and I can’t wait to see it again. If you haven’t already done so, go see it!! I can’t recommend it enough. 5/5

Movie Review: I Heart Huckabees

4.5 I Heart Huckabees (2004)

After many years of it being on my “Movies to Watch” list I finally got around to watching I Heart Huckabees, and I absolutely loved it. David O.Russell is one of my favorite filmmakers of all time, he has written and directed some of my favorite movies in recent memory (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), and I absolutely love his filmmaking style.

Huckabees is admittedly a pretty weird movie that probably doesn’t appeal to most people but I just loved it. For one it is absolutely original, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a movie like it. Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin play “Existential Detectives,” that alone should let you know how weird and unique the movie is. The film deals with a lot of themes that are somewhat difficult to understand/appreciate. There plenty of conversations about existentialism, philosophy and the meaning of life, it can get a little heavy but O.Russell did a fantastic job at mixing in humor with some of the heavier themes. I thought the movie was absolutely hilarious, Hoffman’s character in particular always made me laugh when he was onscreen.

The entire cast is amazing, there are so many great actors in this movie (Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Watts) and they all deliver excellent performances. There are even a few scenes with a young Jonah Hill (this was his film debut I believe). I’m surprised the film didn’t do better in the box office with a list of names like this.

I really can’t think of anything I disliked about the movie. With that being said I understand that I Heart Huckabees is not for everyone, but as I mentioned at the start of the review I personally just absolutely loved it. To me it was a beautiful, quirky, creative and refreshingly unique movie that deserves to be seen.

So if you are a fan of fun, original comedies and think that your movie tastes are similar to mine then I absolutely recommend watching this movie. Even if you’re not a big fan of philosophy and things like that, I Heart Huckabees is worth watching for the cast alone. 4.5/5