Big cops. Small town. Moderate violence.
Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. Paired with simple country cop Danny, everything seems quiet until two actors are found decapitated. It is addressed as an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead.
I've seen Shaun of the Dead countless times.
This is the fourth time I've seen Hot Fuzz and not only am I ready to call this better than Shaun, I'm tempted to call it my favorite comedy of all time.
If you like your job, you usually do it well.
If you love your job, you usually do it exceptionally well.
If you are passionate about your job and live, breathe, sleep, eat and drink it and ooze it out of every pore of your body you get this.
Possibly the best homage to the action genre ever made.
Ever fired your gun in the air and yelled, "Aaaaaaah?"
Calling Hot Fuzz a spoof would be a mistake. Possibly a satire, but most definitely an homage to action films just like Shaun of the Dead was to horror films. It might poke fun at some action film clichés, but it never looks down on them. Just like Nick Frost's character, Danny Butterman, it holds action films in high regard, even the extremely cheesy ones.
The cast is ridiculously stacked with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost proving that their comedic genius as a duo in Shaun of the Dead was no accident. The film starts off with Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy and Steve Coogan in hilarious bit parts…
Probably the film with the biggest re-watchibility factor ever. I literally cannot get sick of this film. However much I may try, I still love it. It's also probably the best collection of one-liners ever too:
-"You're a doctor; deal with it!"
-"What's the matter, Danny? Never taken a shortcut before?"
-"Is it true that there's a point on a man's head where if you shoot it, it will blow up?"
-"Bring the noise!"
-"PUNCH! THAT! SHIT!"
-"He's not Judge Judy and executioner!"
-"We'll put a call in to Aaron A. Aaronson, shall we?"
-"By the power of Greyskull!"
-"I've had my top off on that sign before. Nyha-ha-ha!"
-"Oh, f**k off, grasshopper."
This one's going onto my Movies I Love More With Each Viewing list.
I love how it's set up as a parody of police action films. But it's more of an homage. But the homage is played so straight that it's really just a smarter version of a lot of the movies it references. So what is it?
This time, I had a lot of fun picking out cameos -- especially Bill Bellamy and the "Hello, Brian" lady.
Of course, it was a bit of Fail in my attempt to escape all the blood and murder of Halloween Season 2012. I forgot that we get some pretty gruesome murders and a nice bit of spurting blood. D'oh!
Great action film spoof. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's sense of humour is brilliant.
The spoofiest of the Cornetto films, to its benefit and detriment in some cases. Not as much heart as Shaun or The World's End, but easily the funniest of the three.
Satirizes, but remains a genuine cop film. That's the secret in the sauce as far as this one is concerned, it's honest and funny at the same time.
This is probably Edgar Wright's most consistent film. It's constantly funny, constantly entertaining, and just all around awesome. And yet, I still prefer the more flawed Shaun of the Dead. It's hard to explain why. I guess it's because for all it's greatness, Hot Fuzz is still just a straight forward action movie spoof. Comparatively, the zombie story line in Shaun of the Dead was largely a backdrop for the rest of the story and for thematic ideas. Still, Hot Fuzz is fantastic and endlessly re-watchable.
I like Hot Fuzz and I feel it does get better with repeat viewings, but for me it is just not as good as Shaun of the Dead (2004). The laughs aren't quite as consistent and the story not quite as engaging - but perhaps this is because I'm more familiar with horror cinema than action? It is still enjoyable and I do like the dynamic between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright is a very talented director - but at nearly two hours long it's not quite as appealing to revisit. The support cast are ace though and the comedic lines are distributed a little more evenly.
This movie is funny, but it's pretty overrated. My main problems with it are that it's too long and that the ending comes out of nowhere. Plus, the movie gets pretty boring at times. But for the most part, it's an enjoyable movie.
People always call Hot Fuzz a spoof, but it ain't spoofin' shit: the very reason it's so great is that it's a totally legitimate crime-thriller that just happens to be hilariously self-aware. Strong characterization, amazing action, easily the best buddy cop film ever made.
Awseome, awesome, awesome.
Somehow, even though I'm a huge fan of brit comedy...I missed seeing 'Shaun of the Dead' and Hot Fuzz all these years. After seeing the film trailer for 'The World's End', the third collaboration of director/writer, Edgar Wright and actors, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ( after both 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz')...I knew I had to see the new film immediately and also knew I had to see the first two first...so I did...in one night.
Basically...you're seeing just about the same review from me for all three films...because all three are amazing and all three are amazing in the same ways...(and, I saw them back-to-back-to-back). They all have amazing style, terrific dialogue, great…