Spies in Disguise Movie Review

Spies in Disguise Movie Review

By: Will Martin

 

Spies in Disguise is a 2019 CGI spy comedy spoof film produced by Blue Sky Studios and marketed by 20th Century Fox. This film is the directorial debut of Troy Quane and Nick Bruno and is loosely based off a 2009 animated short Pigeon: Impossible. It contains the voices of famous actors like Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillian, DJ Khaled, and Masi Oka. The movie premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on December 4th, 2019. It was released worldwide in theaters on December 25th, 2019 and has grossed over 171 million dollars along with receiving generally positive reviews from critics.

The plot is about a secret agent played by Will Smith who ends up being turned into a pigeon by a smart young scientist played by Tom Holland. Together the two must defeat a vengeance seeking cyber-villain and get the agent back to his human form. The movie has several side characters that sort of add to the strengths of the movie but for the most part aren’t really used all that much in terms of character depth. The main two characters, Lance Sterling and Walter Beckett, work off of each other well and provide some really interesting interactions. The animation, at least to me, was really enjoyable. The human and cartoony looking designs made the slapstick fun to watch and allowed good emotional responses. The voice acting to me is also rather nice especially when it comes to emotional scenes. The villain, played by british actor Ben Mendelsohn, was fairly interesting despite his backstory not really being overly detailed. His design was cool to look at and his weapons and abilities made it rather fun to see. The biggest flaw to me was the gross out humor. Most of the time the gross out humor was rather disgusting to watch or just fell flat. When it came to other humour like slapstick, most of the time it was enjoyable. 

The movie overall was enjoyable and I would definitely watch it again. It won’t ever be my favorite animated film but it has its strengths. I look forward to seeing what these directors will come up with in the future. I give Spies in Disguise a 7 out of 10.