The film makes a point of featuring women in the kind of key roles (sidekick, villain, a steely CIA boss) they rarely get a sniff at. What’s most pleasing is to see Spy turning its fish-out-of-water tale into one about self-actualisation. Rather than a Spikes Like Us style trail of bumbling, its theme is female empowerment, competence overcoming lack of confidence. McCarthy’s talent for fearless physical comedy, freewheeling improv and motor-mouth rants pulls the film along like a locomotive.
July 03, 2015