Movie Review – ‘Spies In Disguise’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I don’t usually go for brand-new animated movies. Sometimes I would go for sequels to certain movies I love such as ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo’. But after seeing the trailers for it and knowing who’s doing voices in it at the cinema, I couldn’t resist finding out what ‘Spies In Disguise’ was like as a movie.

‘Spies In Disguise’ was released at cinemas on Boxing Day in December 2019. I decided to wait and see this movie in January 2020. The film was produced by Blue Sky Studios which also produced the ‘Ice Age’ films including ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’. The idea behind the film seemed pretty intriguing!

The film stars the voice talents of Will Smith (well-known for the ‘Men In Black’ movies and ‘I, Robot’ as well as the 2019 remake of ‘Aladdin’ 😀 ) and Tom Holland (very well-known for playing Spider-Man in the ‘MCU’ movies). Seeing an animated spy movie with the voices of these two was irresistible!

And yes, that’s what this movie is! A CGI-animated spy movie for kids! And I had a pretty fun time with it. There are elements of James Bond-esque action-packedness thrown into this flick as well as zany CGI cartooness as I’ve seen in the ‘Ice Age’ movies. Thankfully it’s not too CGI cartooness as you expect.

There are some good morals featured in this movie, especially when Will Smith’s voicing a self-confident super-cool secret agent named Lance Sterling who learns lessons about working in a team as opposed to going solo. Lance gets turned into a pigeon by intelligent young scientist Walter Beckett.

Tom Holland of course voices Walter Beckett, who’s quite a nerdy, weird scientist that comes up with gadgets that are more peace-loving than the bombastic weapons and gadgets you get in a spy movie. Lance is more for the bombastic whilst Walter tries to sway him into using the heart-warming gadgets.

The comedy banter between Will Smith as Lance and Tom Holland as Walter was enjoyable to listen to. Lance is shocked about being turned into a pigeon and demands Walter to turn him back into a human straight away. Lance even gets the attentions of real pigeons that don’t talk English as he does. 😀

Incidentally, this film is based upon an animated short film called ‘Pigeon: Impossible’ by Lucas Martell. I didn’t know that before I watched the film and it was interesting to notice that in the opening credits. I applaud the film for being creative in that regard whilst many animated movies tend to be uncreative.

As well as Will Smith and Tom Holland, there’s also the voice talents of Rashida Jones as Marcy Kappel, who leads a pursuit of Lance Sterling once he’s been framed for a crime he didn’t commit. And there’s the voice talents of Karen Gillan (Amy Pond in ‘Doctor Who’) as Eyes and DJ Khaled as Ears in this film.

They work with Marcy Kappel in pursuit of Lance Sterling. I must admit Karen Gillan was a good reason to check this film out as well as Will Smith and Tom Holland, considering the ‘Doctor Who’ connection. In fact, I’m pretty sure the likenesses of Will Smith, Tom Holland and Karen Gillan are in their characters.

DJ Khaled did a rendition of ‘Friend Like Me’ with Will Smith in the 2019 remake of ‘Aladdin’ by the way. The film also features the voice talents of Ben Mendelsohn as Killian, a cyborg man who is out for revenge against Sterling for something he did in the past. Ben Mendelsohn was also in ‘Rogue One’. 🙂

The film also features Reba McEntire as Joy Jenkins, the director of H.T.U.V., the spy organisation Lance Sterling works for. There’s Rachel Brosnahan as Wendy Beckett, Walter’s late mother who appears in the film’s prologue scene and there’s Masi Oka as Katsu Kimura, an associate of Killian’s. 🙂

So yeah! ‘Spies In Disguise’ was a pretty lot of fun! I enjoyed the action-adventure as well as the comedy throughout this animated spy movie and the voice talents of Will Smith and Tom Holland were superb. It sets things up nicely for seeing the next James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ with Daniel Craig! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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