Friday, 30 November 2018

The Spy Who Dumped Me ★★★★☆

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon team up in ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ to create one of the most hilarious and badass double acts that I’ve seen in a while. Although the plot is a bit questionable and predictable, the comedy and action in this film does a great job at distracting from it.

Recently dumped Audrey’s (Kunis) life is suddenly kick-started when she finds out that her ex-boyfriend was in fact a spy. Along with her best mate Morgan (McKinnon), she soon gets tangled in international affairs as she sets out to complete her ex’s last mission: deliver a package to Vienna. But, of course, nothing is ever that simple. The pair soon find themselves racing around Europe fighting bad guys and generally just getting themselves further into trouble whilst trying to save the world. Whilst this may seem far-fetched, the film really captures the essence of ordinary people in an extraordinary setting. Throughout the film, Audrey and Morgan are followed by undeniably handsome, English spy Sebastian (Sam Heughan) who constantly attempts to convince them that he’s on their side. Of course, as the film progresses, so does the sexual tension between Audrey and Sebastian (who saw that one coming ay?). However, the pair manage to keep their feelings to one side for long enough to muster up a plan to save the lives of many innocent people. Eventually, Audrey realises who she can trust as the film comes to a spectacularly satisfying end. 

Considering the comedy value of this film, some scenes are surprisingly violent and actually quite gory. It’s certainly not short of gruesome deaths, gun shots and explosions to put it lightly. Personally, I think the level of action in this film sets it apart from other films of a similar nature. But, what I will say is, this certainly isn’t for kids (or those easily offended).

Overall, whilst this film isn’t exactly anything original, Kunis and McKinnon do keep the laughs coming. The sparks between them are more than enough to distract from the dragged out, predictable plot. Amongst the flying body parts, brutal fatalities and excessive gun shots, this film really reinforces just how important true friendship is (especially when saving the world). 

Georgia Hughes

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