Movie Review: The Heat (Confirmed: Great)

The Heat is the first true buddy cop movie in years!

     Rules say that in this modern day of cinema a single actor can no longer carry a film by name alone within the comedy genre.  Long gone are the days when names like Sandler and Carrey guaranteed a huge box-office haul; instead the modern comedy genre in Hollywood is dominated by comedic troops such as the Frat Pack and the Apatow Mafia.  Well, apparently no one told that to Melissa McCarthy.  Fresh off her smash hit Identity Thief it looks like McCarthy is on her way to a 90’s like comedy box office haul with The Heat! Find out why after the break……

This what happens when you combine an Academy Award winner
with Hollywood's hottest comedic star!

     McCarthy aside, what makes The Heat work so well is the freshness it brings to the buddy cop genre.  Sure, we've seen a ton a buddy cop films throughout the years, although it feels like it’s been awhile, but we have never seen a true buddy cop film with two female leads.  Despite what you thought heading into The Heat, the film is just as much a cop drama as it is a comedy.  Director Paul Feig does a great job of balancing action, drama, and humor throughout the course of the film, ending up with a buddy cop film closer to Lethal Weapon than it is to Cop Out, which was pleasantly surprising. 

The poster Mondo did for The Heat  by Artist Tim Dodge 
really captures that classic buddy cop feel the film portrays so well!

     After seeing The Heat I can’t imagine a better duo to headline the first female buddy cop film other than Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock may be considered one of the best actresses of her time, and rightfully so.   However once again, as she did over Jason Bateman in IdentityThief, Melissa McCarthy absolutely steals the show. Make no mistake: The Heat is a Melissa McCarthy film! Making it all the more impressive is how McCarthy builds rapport with the beautiful and brilliant Bullock playing wittingly off her every line, while never being over shadowed by the Academy Award winning actress.   

     Ultimately with The Heat, director Paul Feig has given us the first great buddy cop film in years. Even more impressive is that it was done with a hint of originality.  As far as Melissa McCarthy is concerned, the funniest female lead Hollywood has seen in sometime looks like she has found her first franchise.

Confirmed: Great


  1. Good review Bradley. The ladies are what keep this movie afloat and always funny.


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