After the success of Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy has been a force to be reckoned with. While not every movie she has been in has been a hit, she has always delivered and at least made her appearance a high point. After Sandra Bullock won the Oscar some wondered if she would be sticking to just the dramatic roles or return to the comedic roles she usually did for some time. Now these two have teamed up for not just a new comedy, but a buddy cop action comedy with The Heat. These two are the furthest you would expect for action, but have proven they can bring the laughs, but can they do both?
The Heat follows an uptight FBI agent who is forced to team up with a Boston cop who does things her own way to bring down a ruthless drug lord. Can they put their differences aside and work together to bring down the bad guy without bringing down each other first? The trailers for this film had a few laughs but didn’t really scream hit, so it was a pretty big surprise how entertaining it was. The story and direction is pretty predictable at times and the introduction of both characters felt a bit forced at the beginning, but once they got together this turned into a pretty entertaining film. Their chemistry together is what makes this film work and delivers the laughs throughout while still telling a decent story. The jokes aren’t breaking any boundaries in comedy, but they do work well and these two create a great team together. Bullock doesn’t have as many straight on comedy moments, but it’s more her straight laced awkwardness of trying to be perfect that makes her funny. The real comedy comes from McCarthy that is no surprise. Her foul mouth character is on throughout the whole film delivering some great one-liners, but also manages to tone it down when needed to deliver the straight scenes. What is even funnier at times is the delivery of some of her moments during the serious moments that are so subtle that they end up being really funny.
In addition to the leads, this film sports a decent cast including Demian Bichir, Michael Rapaport, Thomas F. Wilson, Jane Curtain, and Marlon Wayans who doesn’t get much to do, but plays an important role and was good to see him here and has some fun scenes. This film delivers way more than the trailer promises and thanks to the R rating allows them to play up the language and jokes to a level that this film needed. This could be one of those new buddy cop franchises if done right, but after the ending to this film may lose some of the magic so let’s hope they keep this a stand-alone film, but must admit seeing these two in action again wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.