Friday, June 28, 2013

The Heat review

By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A (3 ½ stars)
Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock getting ready to kick some ass as The Heat

            Okay, I gotta make something perfectly clear, I’m not much of a fan of “chick flicks”. Don’t get me wrong, there are some I actually enjoy like some of Adam Sandler’s previous romantic comedies, those were actually pretty funny, and any of them that focus very hard on the comedy just as much as telling a cute story.
            However the 2011 comedy, Bridesmaids changed the rules, I love that movie, it was a chick flick that the guys can enjoy just as much as the “babes” with its raunchy comedy, the cute story, the unforgettable characters, and Melissa McCarthy, oh my god where do I even begin with this woman? Melissa is incredibly hilarious in anything she stars in, even the 2013 Jason Bateman comedy, Identity Thief which received mixed reviews from critics, I thought Melissa’s performance was top notch, the same can be said with the latest McCarthy and Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality, The Blind Side, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) buddy cop comedy, The Heat, directed by Bridesmaids director, Paul Feig.
            Wow, this is a hysterical comedy, the humor is at full force, Bullock and McCarthy’s performances are very likable, the chemistry is good between them, even the classic good cop bad cop action is very amusing to watch. The premise is basically what you get if you put Bridesmaids and Reno 911 in a blender, and that’s not a bad thing, the jokes, while crude and raunchy at times are very good, the cop action is over the top, if not funny at the same time, and might be one of the funniest films of the year, it’s right up there with This is the End.
            Sandra Bullock plays uptight FBI agent, Sarah Ashburn who travels to Boston to team up with foul-mouthed cop, Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), a duo that is very incompatible, haven’t seen that before! But when they join forces to take down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing they ever expected; buddies. It’s a pretty straight forward plot and often predictable, it’s usually how a lot of buddy cop films are summed up in the beginning, most recently the 2010 Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy, The Other Guys. But the performances Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy deliver in this movie, that’s more than enough to make up for its predicable premise.
            There were many times during the film where I couldn’t stop cracking a smile or upright laughing at some of the goofy dialogue, jokes, and one-liners these characters make. It had the right amount of crude raunchiness and silly moments for me to enjoy the movie as a whole and not just for the crude content.
            The Heat stands well on its own, being a great comedy; it’s definitely up there with some of my many favorite comedies, alongside films like The Hangover, Horrible Bosses, and Tropic Thunder. It’s also great seeing a buddy cop flick with women as the main protagonists instead of men, if it was a duo of men taking down criminals, it would just be like every other cop film that comes out these days, so it’s nice to see women kick just as much ass as men.
            Men will enjoy it, along with women; even cops or FBI agents may have some good laughs with this flick. Just make sure you don’t sneak into the movie without paying, otherwise you may be paying an unpleasant visit from…The F*CKING HEAT!

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