Monday, 17 December 2018

Austin girl powers for Megan the spy

CINEMA has offered up many immortal moments over the years. And almost as many immortal lines.

CINEMA has offered up many immortal moments over the years. And almost as many immortal lines.

Everything from “Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again” (Michael Corleone) to “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” (Johnny Castle) and “Luke, I am your father...” (seriously now?).

That last one is actually a misquote, as Vader in fact â?? but rather less quotably â?? says “No, I am your father...”

Even the Dirty Dancing quote is not as clear cut as all that. Some sources have it as “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

One film quote that’s etched on my brain forever, though — with no disputes about what was actually said — is: “It’s coming out of me like lava!”

The wedding dress shop food poisoning scene from Bridesmaids (2011) is an undisputed classic.

And that line from McCarthy’s character Megan Price arguably propelled the actress into a whole different league — though to be fair her performance as a whole nearly stole the film from Kristen Wiig.

Since the stellar success of Bridesmaids, McCarthy has joined the not very numerous ranks of female leads — most notably in 2013’s Identity Thief (playing opposite Jason Bateman) and last year’s Tammy.

Both garnered respectable reviews in some quarters — but nothing approaching the sheer joy generated by her turn as Megan.

Now comes Spy, which reunites McCarthy with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for the first time since 2013’s The Heat.

She plays Susan Cooper, an unassuming deskbound CIA analyst who is the unsung hero behind the agency’s most dangerous missions.

But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, Susan volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer and prevent a global disaster.

With hilarious results, I think it’s safe to say â?? though the film has already won praise for its Bourne-inflected action sequences.

Joining in the fun is Rose Byrne, who played Helen Harris in Bridesmaids.

Lava or no lava, I reckon Spy will be hot stuff at the box office.

Review: Matthew Wilson

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