Beat the Heat in Theater

To get out the heat I often like to dive into the theater for a couple of hours.  Ironically though, my next movie to review is titled The Heat.  However, rather than this being a movie about intense weather conditions, or out of control fires, this film takes a comedic approach to the life of federal investigations and police work.  If you’re like me though, the police world isn’t the most interesting subject for a movie so you’re looking for something else to pull you in.  That factor for me was the big time comedy starlet Melissa McCarthy, the woman who keeps people laughing with some of the craziest characters imagined.  After Identity Thief though, I had concerns that this movie might not be as funny as the trailers showed it to be.

Too my relief, and enjoyment, this movie was much better for this reviewer in more than one way.  The Heat’s plot starts out focusing on Sandra Bullock’s character Ashburn, whose arrogant nature got a few chuckles, but nothing too exciting.  It was a fun way to set up the simple plot of the movie, but not what most were looking for.  Within ten minutes though, the comedy kicks in as Mullins (McCarthy) opens up with her ridiculous approach to many simple problems.  Unlike some of her previous roles though, the loose cannon cop part opened up more doorways that she wasn’t hesitant to enter.  What would be something ordinary like a hooker bust becomes an incredibly awkward situation where wives are called, fingers are broken, and obscene gestures and comments are executed.  However, what I really appreciated was that the comedy than transitioned into a hilarious chase scene, where an unlikely drug dealer is relentlessly pursued by the lunatic cop, all the while unleashing more slanders that had me crying. If that sounds up your alley, you’ll be happy to hear it’s only the beginning of the movie.  Once the two actually team up, the laughs just continue to roll in as Bullock’s proper, rule abiding, by the book attitude annoys McCarthy to insult her in many creative ways.  The longer the two spend together, the more they find out about each other and the more opportunities for McCarthy to run her mouth about what she hated with the rules.  Thus, I tip my hat off to the writing of this movie for the countless pokes, prods, and slaps into the world of female police officers.  Unfortunately, a few of the jokes have been ruined by the countless trailers playing on the television, and some are just beaten over the head during times in the movie.  Most of the stale humor comes from the overuse of the F word, in all its forms, and while there are some perfectly timed uses, it gets old when that becomes the center of your dialog.  Maybe I’m being a bit sensitive, but I like my dialog to have a little more wit and diversity behind it.  If you have a high tolerance for overuse of this word, then don’t worry about it, but for those like me, well you’ve been warned.

Of course no movie or dialog can really be amazing without a good cast to execute the planning.  McCarthy stole the show for me in this one, no surprise, as her acting is still well matched with the crazy characters she takes on.  Her high pitched voice is the perfect cap to most of her rants, and she has some type of innate tone to her voice that keeps me laughing.  McCarthy’s reaction to the environment is also very entertaining to me.  Her goofy faces and responses to insults are natural and not very forced; almost as if she is really pissed off at the person she is talking to.  Seeing her small body tackle men twice her height is also rather amusing, though it might also be the ridiculous stunts they have her pull.  As for Bullock, well she too is entertaining, but not as funny as McCarthy for me.  If you love the brunette goddess, who still looks good by the way, then you’ll enjoy her acting again.  She is serious, but has a few quips and shenanigans that got a few laughs out of me.  It seemed though that the director used her character as a driving force for character development, exploring the alterations of morals as the case opened up.  Bullock did a nice job playing the stuck up cop, and did a great job with the emotional work-up of her scenes, but her humor was a little more forced than I would have liked.  The true strength though comes with the combination of these ladies, which was another dream team set up.  Both women seemed to read each other perfectly, and resulted in a bickering sister relationship that always seems to tickle my funny bones.  As for the other cast meme3rs, well there good, but there isn’t much else to brag about in this film, they did an okay job.

The Heat is decent summer flick and a good comedy for those who are already fans of the leading ladies.  Story wise it’s okay, linear and fairly predictable with some emotional building and morals baked in.  Humor is the main feature though and if you just want stupid fun and insulting dialog as the meat of your movie choose this film.  Again there are some tired elements of the movie, and the curse laden dialog is a bit overdone for me.  Would I see it in theaters? There is nothing really spectacular to pay a trip to the theater so go with a group or on a date if you’re tired of restaurants and romance.  The Heat isn’t really anything new or fresh, but it’s a path not trudged on as much. My scores for this film are:

Comedy: 7.0

Movie Overall: 6.5

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