This week is apparently devoted to medieval or Vikings-type action adventure B-movies involving lots of swords. The first one is called Sword of Vengeance with Game of Thrones’ Daario Naharis v. 1, Ed Skrein, in a supporting role; next is Outcast with Nicholas Cage and Hayden Christensen; and finally, there’s Last Knights with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman. And if the prospect of Nick Cage and emo Anakin Skywalker in the same B-movie isn’t scary enough there’s Insidious: Chapter 3.
If you want something dark and comedic, The Voices with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick may be an interesting choice—it’s about a man who gets dating advice from his pets.
There are also two Filipino films out called Stars Versus Me and Espesyal Kopol.
Thankfully, Paul Feig’s Spy (along with Mad Max: Fury Road) is still screening in some cinemas. Writer, producer, director Paul Feig, worked with Melissa McCarthy in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids and her career reached new heights. Feig teamed up with her again in 2013’s buddy cop comedy The Heat (which also starred Sandra Bullock). Their latest collaboration, Spy truly puts this formidable tandem on a roll. (Next up by the way for this dynamic duo is the new Ghostbusters film.)
Apparently the likes of James Bond, Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt and company may have to move over and make room for one Susan Cooper (McCarthy). She may be the farthest thing from your typical cinema spy but she delivers—she is smart, quick, alert, has good instincts, and if given a chance will show the world she is tough and “ready to rumble.”
McCarthy plays the unlikely but effective spy who not only has to stop the sale of a weapon of mass destruction, she also has to survive being constantly underestimated by ex-agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham).
In as much as I think Angelina Jolie is cool, her Salt has nothing on Ms. Cooper. Director Paul Feig got this one right—she can be the sweet and efficient co-operative, yet she can also be the tough talking woman on a mission ready to deliver the goods.
Also in the cast is Jude Law as agent Bradley Fine and Rose Byrne who plays villainess Rayna Boyanov. Byrne is actually a great comedienne as well—she was one of McCarthy’s Bridesmaids “classmate” and was quite funny in Get Him to the Greek with Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. Most recently she was with Seth Rogen in Neighbors.
All those men in the movies with swords? I’m sure Ms. McCarthy will somehow put them all in their place even if they all came at her at once.