Spies in Disguise (2019) (MovieRob CoronaCamp #7 of ????)


In these uncertain times, obviously all of our lives and schedules have been interrupted in ways we never could have imagined.  In order to take advantage of the precious time that this world wide crisis has given me with my 4 kids, I decided to choose some movies to watch with them in order to help expand their movie knowledge while also generating quality time with them which will hopefully give them some great memories during this very challenging time…  Thus I decided to create a CoronaCamp featuring some fun films to watch with them.

“What if I could make you… pause for effect, drumroll please… disappeeeear?” – Walter Beckett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After being framed by a criminal mastermind, a superspy is accidentally transformed into a pigeon and must be helped by his tech assistant to try and clear his name.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing the trailer for months ago and knew that it would be a nice choice to watch with the whole family.

As we begin to prepare to return to a normal world as the Coronavirus seems to be receding, my wife and I decided to have a BBQ followed by a matinee with the kids and this movie was the perfect choice for a film that would interest all of us despite the various age differences.

This turned out to be a great choice since all 6 of us enjoyed it because it’s presented in such a fun way.

The plot is really entertaining and moves along at a great pace.

The voice cast is also great and both Will Smith and Tom Holland add so much depth to their characters as things move along.

Ben Mendelsohn once again shows how menacing a villain he can play yet I’m a bit tired of him playing these kind of characters like in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and in Ready Player One (2018).

I’d love to see him play a hero or even something lighter in order to see how he could fare in such a different kind of role.

The choice to make this film animated works really well because it allows them to do such pretty novel things that wouldn’t work as well in a live action or even CGI environment.

The movie has some really fun gadgets and being that this film is meant to be in the same kind of realm as James Bond, it’s easy to believe the various gadgets presented here.

Besides having a fun plot, they are able to stitch in a poignant message that resonates from the very first scene all the way until the end.

Bottom Line – Fun film that works due to the fact that its animated because it opens up so many possibilities that help make it even more enjoyable.  The voice cast is great with Smith and Holland helping make these characters come to life.  Mendelsohn once again plays the bad guy part in a sinister way yet I still want to finally see him in some other kind of role for a change.  The gadgets are quite clever and when taking into consideration that this is meant to be similar to a James Bond kind of spy thriller, it all works quite well. In addition to a fun plot, this movie also has a great message that despite being very present from the first scene, still reverberates throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Agent Sterling has a tattoo of the US. Marine Corps Emblem of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor on the left side of his chest (above his heart). He also has a high fade haircut, which is a common style in the Marines. Those clearly indicate that Agent Sterling is Marine Veteran. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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