The Heat is about an uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock, presumably channelling her Miss Congeniality gene) and a foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy, no way playing a foul mouthed funny girl? I just don’t believe it!). Inevitably they become best buddies through the course of this film from Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids. I haven’t seen the film but it is interesting in the way that it takes the ‘opposites-attract-male-cop-buddy-movie into the realms of ‘what would it be like if it was like women cops?’.
Paul Feig wanted the soundtrack to be an integral part of the film. The first tune he heard which set the tone for the whole album is number one on the track listing, 'Fight the Power' by the Isley Brothers, a fantastic 70s funk classic by one of the greatest bands to come out of Motown. There is a good mix of classic tracks from several decades with the only bum notes being a couple of female rap tunes which are not what I would consider party numbers. 'Come into my Head' by Kimbra is the final tune on the album which is a great closer to what is overall a pretty good album but my favourite is 'Every Woman In the World' by Air Supply; one of the most unashamedly cheesy songs I have ever heard.
Paul Feig says “every song in this film is a desert island song for me” and it does sound a bit like a mix tape you make for someone you are trying to woo (if you are Paul’s age). Luckily I like the mix tape vibe, The Heat soundtrack is like a really good shuffle on your ipod on the journey into work.
Review by Katy V
A preview of the soundtrack: