starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law
format: Netflix Canada
plot: After being assigned to desk duty, a CIA agent finally gets a chance to go undercover
I thought I was getting into another Get Smart, style given the fact it was a comedy, but it turned out so much better than that. This actually reminded me more of Sherlock Holmes, than anything else. McCarthy proves that she's got what it takes to do pretty much any genre with confidence.
Seeing Jason Statham doing comedy-action isn't that much of a shock after the two Crank movies, and he hit every note with perfection in this.
There were moments when the comedy out weighed the rest of the story, such as the bats and the dinner scene at the beginning of the movie. The idea that a guy would be so clueless or inconsiderate enough to give a joke necklace made me wonder if the character was doing it to be mean? And it almost lost it's point before it had a chance to set up the dynamics between the two characters.
You sort of see this transformation for the lead character, as she keeps getting put in these crazy undercover situations; battles against her supervisor finally refusing to be demoralized. I almost want to call it a coming of age story, given the fact the lead does go from the invisible girl to super spy. We see her not just stand up for herself, but grow into her own, impressing her bosses by doing things no one believed she could. Like the hand to hand knife/fry pan fight, or the shoot out on the plane.
what did I learn? No man ever looked good in blue suede shoes.