Spies in Disguise (2019)

(Last Updated On: January 26, 2020)

Spies in Disguise (2019)

Title: Spies in Disguise

Year: 2019

Genre:  Animation | Action | Adventure |

Runtime: 102 min

Directors: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

Starring: Jarrett Bruno, Tom Holland, Will Smith

imdb 6,8/10


When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world.



Will Smith, who has raised to the top again with films like Aladdin and Gemini Man. Well, Aladdin was popular on the Box-Office, while Gemini Man was clearly a mistakenly a disaster in profit and storytelling. It went far better for Tom Holland who appeared in double up with Marvel films that crossed the billion-barrier; Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

 Whenever an animated film makes this type of storyline, it forces you as an audience to accept plot details that wouldn’t be possible if it was a live-action film. You have to forgive some of the things that are showcased in this film, which is sad. Because the concept of a talking pigeon is only effective in the animated world and the real reason for the top-agent Lance Sterling to be a fucking pigeon.  The effort in making it entertaining works properly but the sole story and plot is flawed and contains plot holes regardless of the topic this film offers.

It’s not a Disney film and you can tell it based on the mere and falsie proposition of these characters. As usual with these types of animated films, the plot isn’t that image as you want it to be, regardless it’s entertaining and provides a great deal to deliver jokes and give a family-type atmosphere.  The animation is good, does its ­­­­job in making this fictional world, that seem one time hostile and then welcoming. There is a heart of storytelling, but the predictable plot is in the way.

As it tries a new way to reinvent spy-genre with a black man in the lead and a young man as a colleague, it doesn’t resemble the essence of the story. It provides a thin-based story with a mediocre character. That it would be helpful to be a pigeon, is also a device plot-tool. It just happens because Lance is getting a liking for the boy Walter and it wouldn’t be helpful if it wasn’t for his ambitious and shy co-worker, that is hated by everyone at the bureau.

One thing that is a good take away from this film, is the premise that collaborations are resourceful and needed for survival. Even if it’s used in every modern film nowadays, it also deeply embedded in this film too. Other than that, this film produces most noises, and everything surrounded the villain is part of the more sophisticated part. You don’t get to know him well enough for the film until the end. Most of his motivation is not all explained that very well through, sadly. He’s the best part of the film but doesn’t redeem himself until the end.

A fun, predictable film about letting go from your ego, results in a better relationship with colleagues and world-dominations. Not to mention the exaggerated mind from Walter.


Grade 2 of 5

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Marcus J. Ström
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