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I saw White House Down, and The Heat this weekend, check out my review. Ratings 1-5 Rod Heads (5 being the best):
White House Down
AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK! The White House, and our national security have been compromised. Our only hope for survival is a little cinematic magic…or Magic Mike.
Director Roland Emmerich, who seems to get-off on destroying the White House (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012), yet again delivers a mega-destruction action flick. Sir Channing Tatum (or as the ladies and Danny McBride refer to him, Channing Tat-YUM) stars as John Cale, a D.C Police officer looking to impress his young daughter by taking an interview for a coveted Secret Service position. The President he would be protecting is none other than Jamie Foxx, playing a sort-of Jordan-wearing Obama stand-in (complete with a wife with bangs, two daughters, and Nicorette gum). Of course on the day of his big interview, whad’ya know White House security is compromised, and our nation is under attack by an unknown terrorist force, leaving him to save the day.
I can’t lie, I went into WHD with very little expectations, but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised by this film, and actually enjoyed it. I know big-budget summer blockbusters can be formulaic and way over the top, but WHD manages to be fun, and adrenaline fueled. Of course you are going to have to sit through Channing Tatum mumble his way through some bad jokes. So sure it’s not the best movie of the summer, and there was a movie with a similar plot released earlier this year (Olympus Has Fallen), but over all WHD is a fun time at the movies, and isn’t that what everyone wants in a blockbuster. I give White House Down 3/5 shiny bald heads.
****And on a more random note, Channing Tatum being billed first in the intro credits bothered me a little. I mean come on Jamie Foxx is an Oscar winner, not to mention freaking Django!****
The summer wouldn’t be complete without a buddy-cop movie with an odd-couple pairing. This time our heroes (or heroines) are a polite, but demanding FBI agent, played by Sandra Bullock, and the foul-mouth Boston Cop played by Melissa McCarthy.
Director Paul Feig comes off his 2011 mega hit comedy Bridesmaids, with another comedy lead by a stellar female cast. Bullock plays an ambitions FBI agent, who is perfectly content with her colleague’s resentment, as long as she solves the case (which she usually does). McCarthy, who was the clear break-out star of Feig’s Bridesmaids, plays another tough, crude, and street-smart character, who like Bullock makes no friends on her way to solving a case. Of course as luck would have you, they are paired together to take down a Russian drug-lord who runs Boston’s underbelly.
I loved Bridesmaids (I mean, who didn’t?), so I went into The Heat with high hopes, and while it wasn’t as fresh as its predecessor, it was a funny, foul-mouth, summer comedy. Of course summer is the time for big-budget Superhero blockbusters, but the studios also use the summer to release what they hope would be the biggest comedy of the year. This summer was no exception. While the funniest movie of the summer (and possibly the year) was Seth Rogan’s This Is The End, this summer also featured the disappointing and easily forgettable Hangover III and The Internship. The Heat, while not as gut busting as This Is The End, manages to be the second funniest movie I’ve seen this summer. While some might say McCarthy plays similar characters in all of her films, there is a reason —she’s really good at it. The natural comedic chemistry of the two leading ladies really drives the film, and while it lacks in plot development, it makes up for it in characterization.
The Heat isn’t for everyone. Like with any R-rated comedy expect a lot of f-bombs and crude humor, and if you weren’t a fan of McCarthy’s character on Bridesmaids (or anything else), then you probably won’t like her in this. I however still find McCarthy’s antics funny, and when paired with Sandra Bullocks charm the film is nothing short of hilarious. I give The Heat 3 ½ /5 shiny bald heads.