Just so my readers know, this crush of movie and book reviews has accumulated over the past two months. I haven't done a marathon of movies and reading in one weekend. They've piled up and I decided to have a Madness week or so. Here's another one:
Not many critics' fave, but The Heat is a hysterical female buddy cop flick. I give this a thumbs up for sheer laughter and snappy dialogue. Sandra Bullock, our straight-laced uptight FBI star, is paired with Melissa McCarthy, a sloppy Boston beat cop detective with common sense, mad skills, and a fearless recklessness. Both women have to learn to work together as they close in on a drug ring. You can tell they had fun filming this movie and I'm guessing there are a lot of ad-libbed lines. And they work. The pacing and energy is infectious.
It's a normal cop plot line. The DEA is infighting with the FBI and the regular cops. And there's someone on the inside blowing all the news. That's not original but it still works. We know the formula, but the key is the connection between the ladies. Their on-screen chemistry is awesome, and we root for them all the way. The Heat is summer cotton candy for the mind. Load up a bucket of popcorn and laugh from start to finish. The heat is ON!
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.