'Spies in Disguise' [Blu-ray Combo]
(Will Smith, Karen Gillan, Tom Holland, Ben Mendelsohn, Rashida Jones, et al / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital / NR / 2020 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: In this high-flying animated comedy, super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites.
Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is none of the above. But this unlikely duo must team up for the ultimate mission to save the world when a “biodynamic concealment” experiment transforms Lance into a brave, fierce, majestic … pigeon!
Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, there's something great about going into a movie you expect nothing of only to love it. 'Spies in Disguise' is quirky, goofy, not-taking-itself-seriously fun and the overall creativity here is really exceptional; which is vital in a spy movie that's heavy on the ridiculous gadgets and science.
The animation is great, perfectly fitting the tone of the movie with cartoony realism. I really appreciated the aesthetics, the way everyone is seemingly made of rubber and yet they still get hurt and bruised when hit.
So, creativity is on point, it looks great, but is it fun? Oh my God, yes! I gut laughed multiple times during this, I couldn't breath a couple of times I was laughing so hard. That is such a rare occurrence for me but I loved it!
The reason this isn't rated higher within the animated film community is for one reason and one reason only: Will Smith. From the very first time his character spoke I wasn't feeling it, sorry.
Smith just can't help being Will Smith and as he's talking all I can see is him, not the character. He's just being Will Smith. Even as a damn pigeon.
Which is fun, sure, but not as fun as it could have been. Everyone else is spot on. Tom Holland is an unadulterated delight but Smith just wings it (all pun intended!)
That said, directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane have definitely given us an action-packed, hilarious and heartwarming movie, that will be an absolute delight for kids and adults alike, that's for sure.
Since it is a kid's film, it's obviously going to have some gross out humor. That kind of humor made the movie less enjoyable, and there wasn't very much of it, but when it was present, it was bad and unnecessary.
The humor that wasn't gross out was well written for the most part, but some jokes get too dragged out or are simply unfunny come the final reveal, so to speak.
Again, the animation is flawless and regardless of my honest opinion above of Smith, he does share effortless comedic chemistry with Holland.
Ben Mendelsohn is perfect as Killian. Rashida Jones is excellent as Marcy. Reba McEntire, and the other vocal performances from Oka, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled and Rachel Brosnahan are fantastic as Joyless, Kimura, Eyes, Ears and Wendy, respectively.
However, some elements also feel way too conventional, and the villains feel like cardboard cut-outs. This is especially noticeable in the sidekick villain, where his main purpose is for comedic relief.
Again, this won't really affect children's enjoyment of the film, but I prefer my characters to be more fleshed out, sorry.
Oh, and if you weren't aware, the short film the film is based on is called 'Pigeon Mission' and is all unto itself a pretty decent "student project," per say.
Anyway, here, even the lowly supporting cast is great which means 'Spies in Disguise' is a MUST WATCH for the entire family. Oh, and it also gives us a valuable message, without being too preachy! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• Super Secret Spy Mode
• Infiltrating Blue Sky Studios
• The Top Secret Guide to Gadgets
• “Then There Were Two” Music Video
• “Freak of Nature” Music Video
• Making the Soundtrack “Then There Were Two”
• Making the Soundtrack “Freak of Nature”
• “Lunch Break”*
o Color Keys and Moment Paintings
o Character Designs
o Props and Gadgets Concept Art
Add 'Spies in Disguise' to your digital collection on Movies Anywhere, or own it on 4K Ultra HD™️, Blu-ray™️ and DVD on March 10th, 2020.