Melissa McCarthy joined by Ellen DeGeneres as she gets her Walk of Fame star

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Spy review: Melissa McCarthy reveals attitude to burn in espionage.

Melissa McCarthy’s first notable role was in TV’s Gilmore Girls, as a compulsively inventive cook, Sookie, who was a perfectionist to a fault but not what you’d call a confrontational character.

It was a ferocious, attention-grabbing performance, and it launched her into a succession of comedy lead roles, playing forceful, combative, unpredictable figures in movies such as The Heat and Identity Theft. At the beginning of the film, she’s an office-bound CIA analyst, Susan Cooper, quick-thinking but self-effacing, who assists agents by keeping them under close surveillance. She is dedicated, above all, to supporting the Bond-suave Bradley Fine (Jude Law) in every aspect of his life, from helping him dodge bullets to picking up his laundry.

Susan turns out to be the only agent whose identity has not been compromised, and it’s her chance to go into the field and avenge the memory of Bradley. She’s a little disappointed in the new identities she is given, and her spyware is concealed in resolutely daggy and unglamorous packages: stool-softening tablets, haemorrhoid cream. Allison Janney plays Susan’s deadpan boss; Miranda Hart is her excited co-worker, and Byrne (who was also in Bridesmaids) revels in playing a snooty villain with a patronising streak.

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