Posted on 7/03/13 01:23 PM
"The Heat" is a formulaic movie. It's about two female officers who don't see eye to eye that have to overcome their differences in order to take down a drug lord. Along the way, they have some misadventures as they discover more about themselves as well as each other. However, the formulaic structure is not an issue as the movie really delivers on the laughs. This movie had me smiling, grinning, giggling, and laughing out loud from beginning to end. There are so many variations of humor from slapstick and situational to awkward and raunchy. The film isn't short on heart either, but instead of being sappy and melodramatic, a lot of these moments are done brilliantly with some great humor.
The film stars America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock and comedic gold Melissa McCarthy. Bullock plays Ashburn, a awkward straight faced FBI agent, who puts her job above everything else. She isn't really funny at first, but when she meets McCarthy's character her social ineptitude really brings the laughs. McCarthy plays Mullins, a in your face, but passionate Boston officer. From the get go, she really brings the laughs and really sets the movie into motion. These two women have great chemistry together and play off each other very well. McCarthy's loud character is a great juxtapose to Bullock's more toned down and awkward character. They have a lot of fun on screen and they make us believe that they had some really great fun making the film as well.
Overall "The Heat" is an incredibly funny film and my personal favorite comedy of the year. The humor is so funny that you don't mind the formulaic structure of the plot. It'll have you laughing from beginning to end. The chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy is just pure gold and they bring a lot of life and energy to the movie. Even though this movie focuses mainly on the laughs, it has heart and some really sweet moments between the two leads. I give this film a strong 4/5, a movie where the journey is more important and fun than the destination.