Following the hilarious hit ‘Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig is back in the director’s chair for ‘The Heat’ a comedy that while funny and well acted is extremely predictable and overall forgettable.
When I was on holiday roughly a month ago I watched two films at the cinema. One, ‘This is the End’ I remember quite well and enjoyed talking about it at length in the days after seeing it. The other film I saw was ‘The Heat’ a film that was so forgettable I had to re-read the plot before writing this review. This is essentially what The Heat is, an overall forgettable film with some good jokes and lots of wasted talent both behind and in front of the camera.
‘The Heat’ follows the story of uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and rebellious local cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) working together to stop a local mobster. This is a dynamic everyone has seen hundreds of times. The truth is there are many films that can do this ‘opposite’s working together’ plot much better. Rush Hour, Men in Black and Lethal Weapon come to mind. However that isn’t to say that McCarthy and Bullock aren’t good, they work pretty well together. They have some good on screen chemistry and they both play their parts well. However, both have been better in other films. Especially McCarthy who was nominated for an Oscar in Paul Feig’s ‘Bridesmaids’. Sadly it has appeared that this Oscar nod is may have done more harm than good as she is once again typecast as a loud, rude slob.
The film does have some good jokes but if you have watched the trailers then you have seen all of them anyway. The jokes are simple, predictable and I feel like I have seen them done before in both other films and TV. It is a funny film but nothing compared to the caliber of ‘Bridesmaids’ which I felt took female based comedies to a completely different level.
Overall this film is like ‘Failure to Launch’ or ‘RV’. You remember watching it but you can’t really recall any of it. You know it was alright but it wasn’t ground breaking. This is the type of film you will randomly find in your DVD collection and you cannot quite remember how it got there. It’s good but forgettable. I personally wouldn’t pay to see it in the cinema again but if mediocre predictable comedies are your thing go see it.