I went into ‘The Heat’ with low expectations, and I think this is the only reason I didn’t completely write this movie off. The concept is simple enough and has been done before well however this time I don’t think that this cop duo style plot achieved much.
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy did good jobs portraying their characters but unfortunately their characters were unoriginal and weren’t that interesting. McCarthys character seemed far to similar to those she has played in the past so she didn’t have the impact that was probably intended.
The story was fairly boring as it has been done so many times before and it was pretty predictable, however I understand that they were only using this frame as an avenue to insert the comedy. This was hit and miss throughout the movie, some scenes were rather funny but most of the time the gags were simply amusing rather than laugh out loud hilarious. I couldn’t help but notice similarities to 21 Jump Street and I found it hard not to compare. Honestly I don’t think the characters in ‘The Heat’ matched up to those of Jonah Hill’s and Channing Tatum’s and maybe it was too soon to have another movie of this type after 21 Jump Street in 2012.
Now maybe im being too harsh, as I couldn’t help but notice that mostly everyone else in the cinema was really enjoying it and enjoying the comedy but I just didn’t think that this double female lead worked as well as its predecessors such as Bad Boys and 21 Jump Street. Also there is pretty dodgy special effects at one point but I suppose there isn’t much point dwelling on that as it was predominantly a comedy. Most will enjoy watching ‘The Heat’ but it is probably worth avoiding if you are looking for an outrageous comedy to really make you laugh. Neither actresses best performances but a decent attempt at a comedy.
One positive was the fact that they didn’t labor the storyline involving Sandra Bullocks love interest, Marlon Wayans, if there had of been endless soppy scenes involving the pair I don’t think I would have been able to cope, so I was happy that this was avoided. The best way to describe this film would be in-offensive.
BIGGEST FLAW – Too similar to other movies of the same style
BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT – Good performances from both lead actresses
Rating – 4/10