Movie review: The Heat

20:03, Jul 24 2013

The Heat. Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Directed by Paul Feig

My previous encounters with Melissa McCarthy's films this year have not been pleasant.

After a repeat viewing of Bridesmaids, I came to realise that it wasn't as funny as it was when I first watched it. I then watched in agony as McCarthy took a leading role in the truly terrible movie that was Identity Thief. I gave that a one-Jaffa rating and felt like walking out at many points throughout the film.

She disappointed me yet again in The Hangover III, making a small appearance as love interest to Zach Galifianakis.

So you imagine my trepidation as I set out to watch McCarthy star in her latest film, The Heat.

Directed by Paul Feig, the man responsible for the not-so-funny Bridesmaids but also brilliant television shows Freaks and Geeks and Arrested Development, The Heat is a typical, straight cop (or in this case a federal agent) getting partnered up with an off-the-rails, bad cop. Hi-jinks ensue, bad guys get caught, and an unlikely friendship is formed.


The straight cop in this film is played by Academy Award winner, Sandra Bullock (The Proposal, The Blind Side) who guarantees a great watch. Her role in The Blind Side showed she had some acting chops, and although this film wasn't exactly the role to show that talent off, she still looked good, and you can't help but love her.

The bad cop is played by McCarthy and she wasn't as bad as what I had feared. She wasn't amazing though, but that pretty much sums up this whole movie.

The predictable plot was watchable and it didn't make me want to walk out. It moves along at a nice pace and delivers a few laughs. There's a little twist at the end, but again, was unsurprising - you knew there was a twist coming and it was pretty obvious what it was.

This movie did have its issues though, particularly with the way its characters flashed around guns like they were toys. I felt it was a little irresponsible given the current debate over gun laws in the United States. I understand it's supposed to be a comedy, but the creators could've been smarter about it.

Overall, The Heat isn't that bad, almost enjoyable. And for fans of the boy band, New Kids on the Block, swoon when you see Joey McIntyre looking all lovely as one of McCarthy's on-screen brothers.

The Southland Times