Title – The Heat (2013)
Director – Paul Feig (Bridesmaids)
Cast – Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport
Plot – FBI agent Ashburn (Bullock) must team up with wild card Boston cop Mullins (McCarthy) to solve a high profile case and win a promotion from her boss Hale (Bichir).
“If you’re not in trouble you’re not doing your job”
Review by Eddie on 18/12/2013
It’s always good to start with the good news so without further ado it’s good to announce that The Heat is a whole hippopotamus better than Melissa McCarthy’s last headliner Identity Thief but the bad news is The Heat is nowhere near the same laugh riot that director Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids was.
The Heat is a film that works largely due to the fact that the central premise of two females teamed up together in a buddy cop style format feels wholly original and the chemistry between both Bullock and McCarthy ever so slowly builds up into a very nice pairing of the softly spoken college student turned FBI agent and the rough and ready local girl not afraid to ram perps with her car or publicly demean her boss. Bullock in particular does a good job as straight laced Ashburn while McCarthy falls into the trap of using swear words as a fall back despite some pretty laugh out loud singular moments. The chemistry between Feig’s leading ladies is diminished somewhat though by the films bloated run time and uninteresting storyline.
The thread holding the mad cap antics of this mismatched pair together is slight to say the least and one feels that with a more interesting and involving plot line the film would of zipped along to its near 2 hour run time instead of merely limping towards it. Another element of the films underwhelming achievements is the use of it’s supporting actors in particular that of Demian Birchir as the head of the FBI unit and Marlon Wayans as Ashburn’s co-worker Levy, these support players barely get a chance to make a mark in the picture and proper use of their ability’s would of added life to the film.
The Heat is a film that is more enjoyable than it has rights to be, it has a lame plot and cliché galore but thanks to two committed central performances and the novelty of a female buddy cop film it has enough laughs and heart to warrant a watch and in a year in which comedy films feel flatter than a deflated balloon it’s a welcome sight to have some genuine laughs.
3 leftover subs out of 5
- Paul Feig to make The Heat spin-off (contactmusic.com)
- Film Review | The Heat (thejournalist.ie)
- The Heat Blu-Ray Review (areyouscreening.com)