By Eddie Burton (New Jersey)
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Much like World War Z, I went into the theater thinking this film would be a let-down. Not necessarily terrible, but not living up to the expectations you think it could live up to. The Heat stars Sandra Bullock as cocky, competitive, uptight FBI agent Ashburn and Melissa McCarthy as tough, bossy, cop Mullins. Ashburn and Mullins are forced to work together to bring down a drug lord. Ashburn is doing this for promotion and Mullins is doing it because it’s her territory that’s being attacked and intruded on. Now while this film did exceed my expectations, sadly it falls into the same kind of clichés comedy buddy cop films do. That’s not to say it’s bad. Nowadays, you kind of walk into the movie expecting the formulaic film. What saves it is the writing, the humor, and the actors. And it undoubtedly saves it.

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy have very good chemistry and McCarthy takes advantage of every single scene she is in. The writing for Mullins is so good and getting McCarthy for the role was the perfect fit. While Sandra Bullock is good in the film, she kind of gets annoying. To be fair, that’s the point of the character but Mullins is so funny and such a great character. They write an interesting, not necessarily a twist, but a sub plot that you don’t see coming. Melissa McCarthy plays her character so well and makes so likeable and enjoyable to watch. The movies worth seeing just for her.

The humor hits a home run most times, but when it doesn’t work, it flat lines real quick. But when it works, it’s timed so perfectly, and the pacing is so good. Besides almost 95% of the humor works. Sadly the story is your basic kind of story. The characters are developed but again your typical kind of characters. The twist at the end was predictable and anticlimactic which is a shame because if they wrote the build-up better, it could’ve been a really unexpected twist. Again what saves the film is the humor, however, should this film get a break because it’s really funny? No. So having a lazy type story is a problem but the film shouldn’t be ignored just because of a simplistic story.

The chemistry with Ashburn and Mullins is good and seeing them on screen together is so entertaining. There really isn’t much else to say because I don’t want to give anything away. It’s your simplistic story, with clichéd characters, but the humor and actors save it. So it’s worth taking a looks at.

Thumbs up with a 6.5/10 stars

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