Okay, I went in to see
the film purely because I am a girl. There is no other reason. The film stars
Sandra Bullock, has been directed by Paul Feig, still warm from the memories of
last year’s ‘Bridesmaids’ and I am a girl who just was in desperate need to laugh
a little. Melissa McCarthy also stars in this flick but I am still not so sure
about her ever since I saw the tragic tragic ‘Identity Thief’. So what did I think
about ‘The Heat’? I felt that despite a very predictable storyline which has
been done numerous times, the pairing of Bullock and McCarthy makes this film
entertaining. Not as entertaining as ‘Miss Congeniality’ which is something I could
not just get out of my head given that Bullock was again playing an emotionally
closed FBI agent but yes, I did derive a few laughs from the experience.
Sandra Bullock plays FBI
Special Agent Sarah Ashburn who is sent to Boston to take down a ruthless drug
lord. Melissa McCarthy plays Detective Shannon Mullins an effective but crazy
cop who Ashburn is forced to partner with.
The film is full of Boston
cliché including Mullins’s family which felt like a less scary version of the
one seen in ‘The Fighter’. The story is obviously not the highlight given that
even a small child can specify the events of a buddy-cop film. Two cops are
forced to work with each other. First they resist. Then they comply. Then something
good happens. Then they share. Then they drink. Then something bad happens.
Then they separate and feel sad. Then they come together. Then they kick ass. Some
sentimental moments. Movie ends.
Yes, ‘The Heat’ is the
same. But then it is also two females doing the same deal, both of whom happen
to be pretty good comedians. And that is purely why this flick works. McCarthy’s
Mullins is seriously crazy and scary at the same time, something that I have
not really seen in an on screen cop. But her extremity is balanced off by
Bullock who despite a predictable role is very necessary to the script. And on
the top of that, I actually liked the climax. It is surprising, not like the ‘shit
in the street’ kind of a moment but yes, it still takes your breath away.
I would recommend this
film to everyone who wants to have a good time, whether they are a man or a
woman purely because it’s better than wasting your money on some shitty macho action
Labels: Average, Comedy, English