30th Aug2013

‘The Heat’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Michael McDonald, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtin, Thomas F. Wilson | Written by Katie Dippold | Directed by Paul Feig

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Hello Nerdly readers, I should introduce myself, I’m Chris and I’m an al….wait. I’m Chris, 6’2, brown eyes…I like extreme bonda…wait. Forget it.

We’ve all seen buddy cop movies. The 80′s was full of them, from 48 hrs to Beverly Hills Cop…all the way down to, erm, Beverly Hills Cop 2? But seriously, there have been dozens of high profile cases of buddy cop flicks over the past few decades of cinema. Stakeout, Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys. It’s a well trodden path, but one that still brings in the customers.

The Heat stars Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief) and Sandra Bullock (Speed 2) and follows a not unfamiliar plot about a “by-the-book” grumpy agent and a “down-to-earth” hard-ass cop from, what one might call, “da streets, yo”. We learn about the quirks and personal relationships of these two characters as the movie progresses. The story follows a simple line of play: two polar opposites much work together for the good of something-or-other. It takes a very familiar story but manages to breath life into it. Thank gawd.  It’s two hours long, and it feels like it’s two hours long, but that’s not to say it’s a boring movie, just that they could have trimmed away a little fat from the edges and made the gags seem less repeated and obvious.

Directed by Paul Feig, who brought us Bridesmaids and was behind the camera in various episodes of The [US] Office and Arrested Development, it looks the part and Paul Feig has found his niche in the girl-headed adult comedy genre. He does it well and allows the natural comedy of the performers to shine, alot of times it feels like the actresses, especially McCarthy, were allowed alot of creative playtime. This is a good thing, making the two leads seem more human and in turn, likeable. They don’t feel as plastic and controlled as similar characters have in the past.

Sandra Bullock has played this role before, it feels so familiar that it’s almost tedious, but not quite. She allows herself to look ridiculous more often than ever and with more edgy-writing than her previous similar roles, it adds a much needed depth to her. Melissa McCarthy is her usual “girl from the real world”, “no bullshit” character who annoys and warms the heart in equal measure. I’d be bored of her by now if it wasn’t for one simple thing, she can actually act. I think once she get’s given the chance at a major serious role in film she will be able to show it fully, but it’s there and it makes accepting her in these sorts of films all the more easy.

The Heat isn’t a groundbreaking comedy movie, but it sure is a fun flick that will give people a feeling of joy once they leave the theatre. The theatre I went to was jam-packed for the showing of this flick and the laughs from the audience were louder and more frequent that I’ve ever heard or seen before. I’ve seen plenty of comedy films in theatres but this tops the cake as far as audience reaction. I didn’t laugh as much as the others in the showing, but it did give a good couple of belly laughs, making it worth the price of admission.

I hear they announced a sequel to this already, and it’s not suprising considering how well this one did at the box office. Still, the ice was thin before they made this film as far as untreaded water in a very busy sub-genre, but I guess I’ll hold judgement until the sequel is released. Afterall, this was far more entertaining than it had any right to be.

Not the best comedy of this year, not even the best comedy I’ve seen this month (Thank you, The World’s End) but still one worth watching, if you are in the mood for woman-on-woman fight sequences, bad language aplenty, clothes being torn off Sandra Bullock in a bathroom and Melissa McCarthy throwing watermelons at criminals.

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