Intelligent humour and lively voiceovers make Spies in Disguise a delightful year-end/year-start watch.
Spies in Disguise Synopsis
Young Walter Becket is a brilliant but socially inept inventor, also shunned by his colleagues as a weirdo. After getting fired from the H.T.U.V. (Honor, Trust, Unity and Valor) agency by top spy Lance Sterling, the last thing Walter expects is for Lance to turn up at his doorstep. In the subsequent confusion, Lance drinks Walter’s latest invention and is transformed into … the perfect covet agent. The big problem, though, Walter hasn’t quite worked out the cure for this transformation. More hilarious chaos ensues.
Before all else, Happy New Year! May 2020 be the splendid year where all your dreams come true.
Right. Down to business. I watched Spies in Disguise on New Year’s Day and to be honest, I didn’t plan for it.
It was a case of what-else-to-do on the day when the hangover of an entire year hits. As for why I wasn’t keen, let’s see, the trailer didn’t really impress? Despite an unusual twist, the plot felt trite. Most of all, and I say this with all seriousness, I’m tired of Will Smith’s world-saving routines. Lordy, could the man at least try to be something less godly?
Well, Will’s still a world saviour in this one. The big difference, though, his character’s shortcomings take the limelight instead of his fantastic abilities. In fact, the entire movie gleefully parades his character’s weaknesses. That, let me tell you, was a truly unexpected and pleasant New Year surprise for me.
There’s also Tom Holland’s Walter. As quirky, and excitable, and as crowd-pleasing as his Peter Parker persona could ever be. (I hope this doesn’t hint at the limits of his acting abilities, though).
Oh, one other thing, that end-showdown, which was brilliantly gripping in spite of the humour and pandemonium. To end, Spies in Disguise seriously was an unexpectedly joyous and pleasing watch on a day I truly hate. One professional reviewer described it as “undemanding,” I’ll say it’s quite the opposite. The movie demands that you be happy after watching. And it certainly does a good job at ensuring that happens.