Here we go with yet another movie review from the direct to streaming and this one promises to be interesting given it’s track record of delays. What do you get when you combine a former wrestler turned actor and combine them with a cute little girl to teach them the art of being big hearted? The answer is a lot of familiar movies that Disney made famous back in the early 2000s. Rather than the Rock though, our former insane alien warrior Drax is ready to step up to the plate in hopes of making a splash in the world of kids entertainment. Yet after so many delays, can this movie make the impression it wants, or will it drop into a mess of mediocre that the world of cinema teases today? Robbie K here with his take on the new Amazon original entitled:
Movie: My Spy (2020)
Kristen Schaal is Fantastic
Some adult humor
Some Well-timed humor
Much Of the Movie already ruined by trailers
Comedy is Forced
The Relationships are Simplistic
Character Development Lacking
Suspense Scenes are mediocre
A movie with a track record of delays like this did not bode well, but surprisingly there were some shining moments that I particularly enjoyed of the movie. For one thing, the comedy/action movie has a decent pace, moving fast enough to get to the meat of the movie, but managing to take the time to get a bit of development in. Primarily in the cute factor, My Spy is all about captivating the audience of family and pulling on those strings once more. It’s heartwarming tales will hit close to home for those looking for the healing power of friendship and love. This motif is broken up by a few attempts at a suspenseful spy film, some action, and darker moments, but primarily this film is all about being a comedic mess for an adolescent/preteen crowd. Some of this humor is super well timed and executed, Bautista’s stoic awkwardness holding that special place that Drax made famous in Guardians that this director capitalized on. These moments are often more mature than you would anticipate in a family film, but they work to help mix up some of the generational pokes this film thrives in. Kristen Schaal in particular is the one who brought a lot of my laugh, her clumsiness meeting writing that holds a lot of references to other films holding a special place for me. Of course the dog that makes an appearance gets recognition too, not only his well-trained moves, but also in how cute the little guy is… that’s about it he does not really hold much to the story like I think they wanted.
The problem for the film though is, these moments are few and far in between for me, stuck in a sea of forced, simplistic jabs that seem to be the go to these day in sacrifice of many things. For one thing, the story is very predictable part due to the simplistic tale that this genre takes after, and part due to the over advertising that this film took advantage of many times. As such, many of the jokes and much of the movie is stuck in this limbo and unable to escape into new territory that it so desperately needed. With my memory and the number of times I have seen the trailers, it meant I knew much of what was going to happen. As such, rather than thinking up new avenues and developing a deeper story, My Spy’s directive was to again find as much time to shove comedy and cuteness in, much of which was a little excessive for me. The bullying/blackmailing sassiness of Sophie got stale, while Bautista’s reaction did not change much… at all. And much like the comedy, much of the relationship dynamic is simple, a shallow one-dimensional development that tried to take flight, but then got lost into more comedy to try and distract us from the lacking parts of the movie. If the comedy was not working, the movie was happy to go back into the familiar tropes of the kid with adult genre. While entertaining, and again sweet, the sweetness of the movie with lacking character just makes it a bit boring for me and craving something more that I felt this movie had. In regards to the thriller aspect, the suspense scenes are mediocre at best, small diversions from the comedy to include some sideline characters and help “develop” the bad guy to be, somewhat of a threat. Yet again, the point of including a spy story would suggest a crime or big threat for our protagonists to face, but again nothing in this film. And the verdict again… is that the balance of the movie is lost to the common trends of entertainment. It’s not that it’s bad, but the movie could have held a lot more potential given the cast it brought.
My Spy had a lot of things going against it given the troublesome release, but I’ll say that the movie is indeed a cute adventure in testing the bonds of friendship and family that the world loves it. The movie finds good home on streaming, where the humor, again warning a bit more adult than you expect, should entertain many and keep the movie going for those with short attention spans. However, the weakness of the film comes with the fact that these tropes have distracted too much that the piece is a diluted, comedy that was boring, and a lack of adventure/suspense that this movie really need to break up things. However, the movie is what it is and if you are looking for something to kill time and you can handle a little language and violence… you might laugh at the adventure to be had. My scores for this film are:
Movie Overall: 6.0