Spenser Confidential: A Netflix Action Comedy Starring Mark Wahlberg
Spenser Confidential is a 2020 film directed by Peter Berg and based on the novel Wonderland by Ace Atkins, which is part of the Spenser series created by Robert B. Parker. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as Spenser, a former Boston cop who teams up with his roommate Hawk, played by Winston Duke, to investigate a conspiracy involving the murder of two police officers. The film also features Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, Bokeem Woodbine, Marc Maron and Post Malone in supporting roles.
The film follows Spenser, who is released from prison after serving five years for assaulting his corrupt captain, John Boylan. Spenser plans to leave Boston for good, but he gets roped into helping his old boxing coach and mentor Henry with a promising amateur fighter named Hawk. When Boylan and another honest cop named Terrence Graham are killed in a suspicious manner, Spenser suspects that there is more to the story than meets the eye. He recruits Hawk and his ex-girlfriend Cissy to help him uncover the truth and bring the culprits to justice.
Spenser Confidential is a fast-paced and action-packed film that combines humor, drama and mystery. The film showcases the chemistry between Wahlberg and Duke as an unlikely duo who have to overcome their differences and work together. The film also pays homage to the original Spenser novels and the TV series Spenser: For Hire, which aired from 1985 to 1988. The film was released on Netflix on March 6, 2020 and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences.
The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, who praised the performances of Wahlberg and Duke, but criticized the plot, tone and direction. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 38% based on 97 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7/10. The website’s critics consensus reads, \”An appealing enough Mark Wahlberg vehicle with a well-matched co-star in Winston Duke, Spenser Confidential is diverting but far from essential.\” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating \”mixed or average reviews.\” Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of \”B+\” on an A+ to F scale.
Despite the lukewarm reception, Spenser Confidential was a hit for Netflix, becoming the most-watched film on the platform in its opening weekend. According to Netflix, the film was watched by 85 million households in its first month of release, making it one of the most popular original films on the service. A sequel is reportedly in development, with Wahlberg and Berg expected to return.
In an interview with IMDb, Wahlberg revealed that he enjoyed working with Berg for the fifth time and that he was drawn to the character of Spenser because of his sense of humor and his moral code. He also praised Duke for his performance as Hawk, saying that he brought a lot of charisma and presence to the role. Duke, who is best known for playing M’Baku in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, said that he liked playing a character who was different from his previous roles and that he had fun doing the action scenes with Wahlberg. He also expressed his interest in doing a sequel, saying that he would love to explore more of Hawk’s backstory and relationship with Spenser.
Shlesinger, who plays Spenser’s fiery ex-girlfriend Cissy, said that she was thrilled to be part of the film and that she had a blast working with Wahlberg and Berg. She also said that she improvised some of her dialogue and that she tried to bring some of her stand-up comedy style to the role. She described Cissy as a strong and loyal woman who loves Spenser but also challenges him. She also said that she hopes that the film will inspire more female comedians to get into action movies.
Post Malone, who makes his acting debut as a prison inmate named Squeeb, said that he was nervous but excited to work with Wahlberg and Berg. He said that he was a fan of their previous films and that he learned a lot from them on set. He also said that he enjoyed playing a villain and that he would like to do more acting in the future.