Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy will team up to fight crime in this new film, The Heat. Egos rise as an FBI agent (Bullock) is paired with a Boston police officer (McCarthy). There will more laughter to come when these two unlikely partners try to infiltrate and bring down a ruthless drug lord. The Heat opens in theaters today and is directed by Paul Feig. Check out the movie review below:
“The Heat – A Hilarious Mainstream Comedy
It’s always amazing when a sequel for a movie gets the green light before the first film even comes out. It’s a pretty big risk for a studio but it’s also an indicator as to how confident they are in the film that’s about to be released. After getting an opportunity to see an advanced screening of The Heat this past week, I now completely understand why Fox gave The Heat 2 the go-ahead as the original film, which is directed by Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig, is absolutely hilarious and the first R-rated comedy of the summer season that’ll win the entire crowd over.
The plot for The Heat may not be the most original as it follows your standard unlikely buddy cop pairing, opposites attract movie plotline. All you need to do to understand the story is imagine the plotline and pairing of the original Rush Hour but instead of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker you have two female officers, one is Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), a by-the- books, arrogant but skilled FBI agent and the other is Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), an outlandish and foul mouthed detective for the Boston Police Department. The two women, neither of whom has ever had a friend or a partner, are required to team up in order to take down a drug lord that enjoys cutting people up to scare people from snitching.
If you ask me, two hour comedies rarely ever work (as Judd Apatow has shown with his last two films), but with The Heat, which comes in at 117 min., you don’t even notice that the movie is just shy of the two hour mark. That’s how wonderfully entertaining it is. Writer Katie Dippold was really fortunate to have Paul Feig direct and a great comedic cast to bring her film to life because I don’t know if the results would have been the same. McCarthy is known for her great and aggressive improvisational skills (just watch the bloopers in This is 40) so it makes me wonder how much of her dialogue was actually in the script and how much of it was her ranting, rattling off the most insane string of words she could think of. I will give Dippold props for minimizing the eventual drama and discontent between the two leads as that is always an issue I have with comedies, but she avoids that problem which leaves more room for the continual laughs which the film, and her script, delivers in abundance.
The Heat is wonderfully directed by a strong comedic force and fueled by a highly entertaining script, but what really propels to its actual greatness is the chemistry and performances by Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. They both do incredible jobs delivering laughs but while Bullock is great, McCarthy is the scene stealer, constantly building off of Bullock’s jokes to generate more bellyaching moments from the audience. Furthermore, I love when comedies don’t have to rely on their supporting characters to generate the film’s humor as McCarthy (who is now Hollywood’s IT comedy girl) and Bullock are easily able to handle the comedic duties, but in The Heat it’s just an added bonus when guys like Tom Wilson (Biff from Back to the Future), Tony Hale (Buster from Arrested Development), Marlon Wayans and whoever the guy who plays the albino DEA agent bring even more uproarious laughs to the table.”
The rest of the review can be read at Movie Buzzers.
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