I didn't have high hopes for Spy. I love spy movies and I love Melissa McCarthy/Paul Feig team-ups, but the trailers focused on the awkwardness of her humiliating disguises and that's not what I wanted to see. I should've trusted Feig more, because that's only a running gag early in Susan Cooper's (McCarthy) mission. It doesn't take too long for her to take control and start doing things her own way. That includes dropping her timid demeanor and becoming more like Mullins from The Heat than Sookie from Gilmore Girls. (Hey, I love Sookie, but she ain't no spy.) If the movie had been marketed more like it is on the Entertainment Weekly cover, I would've been more excited for it, but I'm thrilled it exceeded my expectations.
In addition to McCarthy's being hilarious, Spy is also the best Jason Statham movie I've seen in years. He's playing a parody of himself, but it's the perfect amount of over the top. He's the funniest part of a movie that's already full of really funny parts.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
The Merry Marvel Rewatch continues with Iron Man 3, a movie I enjoy more and more every time I see it. I liked it well enough the first time, but it was different than I expected. I thought I'd learned everything I was going to learn about Tony Stark, but that wasn't the case. It's still an exciting film, but it's surprisingly character-driven, dealing with Tony's paralyzing fear after the events of Avengers. There's nothing in the way of furthering the overall plot of the series; no Infinity Stones or anything like that. It's more epilogue to Marvel's Phase 1 than it is the first film in Phase 2, but that's fine with me. I'm definitely going to have to come back and do a full series on the Marvel movies at some point, concentrating on the characters.
In the meantime, I'm about to give Agents of SHIELD another shot, so we'll see how that goes next week.