Licence to thrill
By Boski Gupta
We all love our James Bonds, Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirots. But not all spy movies are macho, cerebral and calculative. Some are fun and yes, non-violent.
Spies in Disguise may not be very high on the idea but it’s promising on delivery. Though the story is passable tale of young geeky kid helping his mastermind idol, the narration and style are good.
Lance Sterling (Will Smith), a super spy who is accustomed to saving the world. Lance faces the toughest assignment of his life when someone who looks exactly like him commits a crime and his own department chases him around the globe, under the assumption that Lance has turned into a supervillain. Enter Walter (Tom Holland), a kid with an affinity for gizmos who idolizes Lance and invariably becomes his sidekick in the effort to track down the real criminal mastermind.
The film performs great on fun factor. Animation is good, visuals attractive and narration compelling. It would have been better if the director had conceptualised characters based on the story and not on its lead actors. Overall, the film is good watch for children and parents alike.