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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I spy more social-justice propaganda

A new movie's coming out starring professional fattie Melissa McCarthy. It's called "Spy" and here's the synopsis:

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and 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, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

Evil arms dealers are destroying the global globe! For profit! (There's also a Nuclear!Proliferation! subtext, which I had to dig out of the reviews.) Naturally, the critics want you to see it - really badly; even more than they wanted you to see "Beta Max". Their reviews are rocking 23/23 so far. Here, let's have a sample -

Simon Miraudo, for Student Edge:

Watching Jason Statham skewer his tough-man persona is just one of Spy's delights... It's here you can see the feminist twist on this take-down of the 007 franchise: dudes make everything worse.

Thomas Derwin, down under:

There's a sense of witnessing a woman empowered and it's a hoot to see McCarthy given the space she deserves to spread her comic wings.

The other reviewers seem more circumspect, as least in their summaries here. I expect they'll be burying some of these sentiments in the main text, more subtly. They all agree that movie is Important. Both for its anti-weapon Message (we saw the same in the latest Apes se/prequel), and for its Empowerment of a Strong Female Protagonist (oh boy).

If you go to this movie, you deserve to be hit on the head and mugged in the parking lot. Not only are you a fool with underutilised funds and neurons, who won't mind losing some of each; but you'll have announced to everyone you won't be armed.

UPDATE 5/27: Our first dissenter: CJ Johnson, also down under.

posted by Zimri on 18:03 | link | 0 comments

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