THE HEAT (2013) : REVIEW

July 11, 2013

"I’m going to make you bend over and I’m going to reach up into your pocket and get the keys to your house, and then I’m going to drive there and stab you with your own badge. That’s what I’m gonna do."
A brutally comedic movie with a little female estrogen in it : a new uprising trend. I gotta say, The Hangover was phenomenal but there was more in Bridesmaids that you couldn't find in the guys pack. Yep, the female heroines, not minding their hair and make up, doing crazy stuffs and still look as goofy and charming as they can be. Paul Feig definitely took the chance well, bringing up the old good cops vs bad guys formula, but instead of using men lead, he gave us Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. I have to say here that I'm a huge fan of McCarthy, like for real. And that adoring thing kinda blinded my judgement on Feig's newest installment, The Heat. High hopes? Definitely. But, did it work?

The story centered on the uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock). Impaccable skills and brain aside, her know-it-all and awkward attitude made her look like a great intimidation among male peers. After years working at the Fed, Ashburn finally had the opportunity to get a promotion, but her boss, Hale (Demián Bichir), didn't make it any easier for her. In order to get the promotion she wanted, Ashburn had to take down the infamous druglord in Boston, with the assistance from a local detective, Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), whose personality was a definite contrary of hers. Having to put all personal problems aside, Ashburn & Shannon now had to work together to complete the mission and to save Mullins's brother from the hands of the notorious druglord.

While writer Katie Dippold did great job on giving female's perspectives on male's fields, this 117 minutes movie felt a little too long to me. The pace was unsteady, the story was sloppy and shallow, and the plot seemed to be a little loose and carried on way too long on particular scenes. The melodramatic scenes were sometimes a little bit forced and out of the place and was it just me or Feig's directing felt a little appropiate as a home-movie rather than a wide-screen one? The jokes, both verbally and physically, were OK, but some of them felt a little flat (the albino DEA), unnecessary (the one-night-stand comment) and even gore.ish (the tracheotomy). More to that, I also felt that the interogation and the chasing were too much and unnecessary; too much portions on that. The Mullins family and Levy (Marlon Wayans)-Ashburn flirty scenes were disturbing & slightly forgotten as well. Bad executions on those.

The real deal in this movie was Bullock-McCarthy oddly charming chemistry. I doubted their relationship at first, but on the other hand, I was dropdead curious, and turned out, it worked. Yes, McCarthy definitely upstaged Bullock, but it didn't matter. McCarthy was though as nail, reckless and bad-mouthed, with a rocket launcher and an active grenade in her fridge. One time she looked like an insanely drifted biker chick and another like a homeless retarded. Bullock did a great job on being a well-suited OCD with a careful moves and awkward position. And closer they got, more interesting their chemistry built up. A perfect match, surprisingly.

The Heat was fine and the real star here was definitely McCarthy (or let's just say it's a McCarthy's movie, shall we?) It wasn't as funny as Bridesmaids, but it worked. It has the freshness and and it's worth to watch. And, please stay for a mid-credits scene (:




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