Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Heat is by far the summer's funniest comedy directed by David O' Russel. Starring Sandra Bullock as Ashburn and Melissa McCarthy as Mullins. Ashburn is a stick in the mud, arrogant, overachieving FBI detective whose whole life is her job. She has no friends, boyfriend or even a pet, making her an automatic underdog and therefore likable lead to its target audience which I assume are women and families. Mullins is a take no prisoners masculine energy having police woman. She keeps her home well stoked full of ammunition, machine guns, grenades and just about any other weapon made popular from Rambo. These two law enforcement agents combine to form "The Heat". A dynamic duo not only for the criminal world but also for a movie. I haven't laughed so hard since the 40 year old Virgin. Finally there is a director that can go toe to toe with Judd Apatow in hilarity. I can still remember some of the key jokes in this film and laugh. Sandra Bullock who basically rents a cat because she's that lonely and Mullins dragging a cheating husband from his car are only two out of many jokes that I can think of. I must say that even though Sandra did a pretty good job in this film. She tends to have mastered films where she plays an awkward goofy cop, she's played the role so many times. The stand out lead and by far actress who has the best jokes is Melissa McCarthy. When she was on screen she would throw jabs and zingers left and right at anyone in front of her that were so dead on and authentic she must have had a little bit of the character's personality in her. One of the factors that made this buddy cop film more unique than others is that they didn't try to make this about two totally different women, combining forces and somehow ending up best friends. As in all buddy films these two women hate each other in the beginning not for long yet that's how these stories usually go. Despite their immediate clashing both of them have quite a bit in common they both catch their perps in a sophisticated savy way by thinking like a criminal and relying on instincts, both are shunned and ridiculed by their predominately male counterparts for being better and their jobs then they are. Plus their both damaged in some way. Ashburn and Mullins even have the same level of skill and intelligence when it comes to combat and defense strategies.You would think that one person comes from a privileged background where the other grew up poor but that is also a twist to this duo when you find out the truth about their pasts.
How this buddy film works is that Mullins and Ashburn each has a strength where the other has a weakness one is brash where the other is reserved. Their fire and ice personalities meld creating the perfect sizzle, so when they do end of having a love fest in the end it seems believable and not forced. If your thinking about watching it watch it. If you already have seen it you know your going to watch it again. I give this film an A+ for showing women characters that can be just as funny and charmingly sarcastic as well as the boys. Boys who are re-casted in every single solitary comedy film (COUGH) Vince Vaughn even when their just not funny anymore. Watch The Heat!