It was a dark and stormy night... perfect for date night! It actually was stormy, but not so dark or spooky, when Kenneth and I went to see a movie at the AMC Lennox Town Center 24 movie theater last Saturday night. We had dinner at Noodles & Company in Grandview, then went to see a movie. Dinner and a movie = classic date night!
We went to see The Heat with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, but we'll be back soon to see The World's End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (we're both big fans of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz)!
The Heat was playing in a large theater and I was surprised to see that the theater was not full at all, especially considering that this was the opening night for the movie. I didn't mind there not being a crowd though, I love going to the movie theater, but I don't care for crowds!
AMC has great movie theaters, both the Lennox and Easton AMC theaters that I have been to have large, comfy chairs (most with moveable arm rests so you can create a 'love seat' with the person next to you, or just have more space for yourself!), with a lot of space between each row so you don't have to worry about the head of the person in front of you blocking your view. Even when the theater is crowded - you can still see the screen!
The Heat was a hilarious, fantastic film! McCarthy and Bullock were amazing together, they played their individual roles very well, but their hilarious exchanges and banter was what really made the movie funny. I've been a fan of Sandra Bullock for years and the more movies I see McCarthy in, the more I admire her acting ability and am impressed with her humor! Check out the official trailer here.
My sister, Brittney, and I used to love watching Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, Men in Black and Lethal Weapon (Mel Gibson was great, before we all knew he was crazy and anti-Semitic, right?). We found the two lead actors' (all working in some form of law enforcement) back and forth banter hilarious! Even though the two didn't get along at first, in the end they always found a way to work together and save 'the day.' This kind of feel good, 'buddy cop' comedy is a popular formula, but the lead characters are usually men. The 'buddy' banter isn't really all that different in The Heat than it is in any of the other movies, what makes it different is that women are playing these lead characters - and doing a fantastic job at it too!
NPR has two great reviews of the movie, if I haven't already convinced you to go out and see it!
'The Heat' Is Absolutely Revolutionary, For Being Mostly Ordinary by Linda Holmes
'The Heat': Broads In Blue, Kicking Buddy-Cop Behind by Joel Arnold
Right now on Rotten Tomatoes, The Heat has a 61% tomatometer rating and 78% of audience members have liked it. It sounded like our fellow audience members thoroughly enjoyed the film - the barely filled theater was often loud with raucous laughter. The plot of the film was slightly predictable, but overall the movie was extremely funny and very entertaining!