REVIEW: The Spy Who Dumped Me

This review is for Justin Theroux’s eyes only…

After her boyfriend abruptly leaves her, Audrey and her best friend, Morgan, find themselves entangled in an international conspiracy brought on by the fact Audrey’s ex just happens to be a secret CIA agent.

So last week the phenomenal Mission: Impossible – Fallout was released becoming an instant icon in the ever-growing spy genre; this week, we have been treated to The Spy Who Dumped Me which, not surprisingly, pales in comparison. Although, I’m not here to juxtapose movies. I’m here to judge a singular film on their merits. However, what an awkward coincidental release date, am I right?

What this new action comedy does have going for it is the comedic efforts of Kate McKinnon. Honestly, this is one of the funniest onscreen performances from McKinnon I have ever seen as she seemingly has a lot to say and pretty much unapologetically says it all. The action is also surprisingly executed rather well and never totally cheapens out with some cool stunts here and there and camera angles that never quite shy away from the swift flow of the action.

(Manzella 2018)

The Spy Who Dumped Me is undoubtedly an entertaining movie and one that I would argue occasionally works for what it is. Yet, the film eventually reaches a point where you could almost say it peaks too early. The Spy Who Dumped Me quickly loses steam, petering out and never successfully regaining its momentum.

Whereas the film opens really well and sets up for a decent and serviceable humorous adventure, The Spy Who Dumped Me quickly devolves into the annoying and cliche. The movie just gets so repetitive and the narrative never feels like it’s moves anywhere, but instead creates more unnecessarily complicated scenarios. Additionally the comedy also begins to suffer as the jokes eventually start feeling as if they’ve been recycled from other films and most of the material in general just diverts to more childish potty humour.

Other than an entertaining gymnastics-type scene towards the end with McKinnon, the whole climax of the movie just feels so underwhelming. Mild spoilers, but The Spy Who Dumped Me, during the final confrontation, contains a twist for which in a better film could have worked, but in this, can only really be described with the word: ‘WHAT?’. The final moments are just poorly executed, plain and simple.

I was unaware Gillan Anderson was in this movie before seeing it, but I definitely thought she was a bright spot in The Spy Who Dumped Me. Justin Theroux was fine and Mila Kunis was serviceable enough, but what it really came down to were the characters – everyone just felt so one-dimensional. Kunis and McKinnon, performance-wise, were believable in their relationship, but the script never offered a sense that the two were ever the ‘bestest’ of friends. No relationship was ever really established enough for audiences to truly care, and to be frank, even though I enjoyed elements of The Spy Who Dumped Me, I couldn’t escape the feeling I was kind of bored.

In retrospect though, The Spy Who Dumped Me is a harmless watch. It’s not groundbreaking neither terrible. Fun is a word I would use to describe it, but also cliche. It sits comfortably within a mid-ground I just cannot be bothered arguing about. So go enjoy it if you really want to, I won’t be holding it against you.

The Spy Who Dumped Me sadly belongs in the… KINGDOM OF THE CRIMINALLY DULL…


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