dir. Paul Feig
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Miranda Hart
Melissa McCarthy is so fucking cool. Like, it hurts, how cool she is. I’m so happy that she’s getting empowering roles like this, that she’s a full-fledged Hollywood leading lady with no end in sight.
God bless director Paul Feig and his appreciation of amazing women. Not only did he slap the world delightfully with Bridesmaids and not only is he giving us the gift of the all-female Ghostbusters remake (SCREAMING FOREVER, EXCUSE ME), but he’s also given us two of Melissa McCarthy’s strongest roles with The Heat and Spy. Besides creating these roles for an amazing leading lady to showcase her acting chops and mastery of fight choreography, he made sure the partners in crime-fighting for both films were also badass babes (Sandra Bullock in The Heat and Miranda Hart in Spy), and gave us things we didn’t even know we needed until it happened: a bumbling, incompetent Jason Statham and 50 Cent in a supporting comedic role. Seriously—are you not convinced you need to see this movie yet?!
In Spy, McCarthy plays a sweet, basement-dwelling C.I.A. agent turned bold, undercover sass-master who has relatable female concerns and emotions, but also has the skills to kill anyone around her in a heartbeat. She has a career that she loves, is successful at all facets of her job, and is appreciated (although, originally underestimated) by her colleagues. She takes risks, takes charge, and isn’t afraid to keep going, even after vomiting on a dead body or watching a man’s throat dissolve or being forced to wear cat sweaters. She has wit and charm and a sense of humour. She is a lightning-quick insult generator and kills it in European scooter chase scenes worthy of Ethan Hunt (which is saying something because I love Mission: Impossible a STUPID amount). Honestly, she kicks butt and looks hot as fuck while doing it.
Even though McCarthy still employs her trade mark self-deprecating humour, there’s no doubt that her character is a complete and total badass.
You don’t even understand how much it’s hurting me that I don’t have this on DVD so I can take rad screen-caps of all her awesomeness for this post.
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