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Big cops. Small town. Moderate violence.
Top London cop PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team from 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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“Have you ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air?”
In film, as in life, the key ingredient is love.
Love has driven Sgt. Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) to the top of every one of his classes. He adores policing—the rules, the paperwork, the enforced behavioral regimentation. True, he’s a wet blanket who alienates his girlfriend and makes his co-workers look comparatively slack, but it’s not born of malice. He just loves his job more than anything in the world. If that love sends him from bustling, crime-infested London to sleepy Sandford, so be it.
Love, albeit of a different kind, has also brought PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) where he is today. He loves a good Cornetto from…
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…
Well you, you should be ashamed.
Hot Fuzz is one of those films that I've inexplicably put off seeing for ages and I blame ITV4. Their endless showings of Shaun Of The Dead, which I do like, not only have had made me not want to see that film for a long time but it seems to have had a knock-on effect on the other Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg / Nick Frost collaborations.
It was pleasing to see that Hot Fuzz didn't fall into the one major error that Shaun Of The Dead did and that was by opting not to go all serious faced in its latter stages. I always…
Audio commentary by actors Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kevin Eldon, and Olivia Colman.
Audio commentary by co-writer/director Edgar Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg.
Audio commentary by Andy Leafe and Nick Eckland.
Audio commentary by actors Timothy Dalton, Kenneth Cranham, Edward Woodward, and Paul Freeman.
In spite of my 4 star rating, I'm actually quite ambivalent about Hot Fuzz. It's a very smart and well-made film, but I can't feel any affection for it because Wright maintains a distance between us and the characters. I also feel that Pegg is somewhat miscast, although he does his best. But then I remember lines like this: "I'm a slasher...of prices!"
And then I don't mind so much.
Editing at its finest.
Hot Fuzz is the rare film that tries to be everything and succeeds. It's a balls-to-the-wall action film, an emotional drama, a hilarious comedy with even a little horror thrown in, all fueled by the always amazing chemistry between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Hot Fuzz is just bloody good fun. Edgar Wright clearly does very little other than think about movies and it's evident in every second of his earlier works, particularly so in Hot Fuzz. The film benefits greatly from having been made at just the right time of Wright, Pegg and Frost's careers to be early enough to still have very strong passion and late enough that they have been able to get the cast and budget to produce something of this calibre. It could be argued that this is the pinnacle of all of their careers, it certainly is the pinnacle of their collaborations.
The tone of the film sits perfectly somewhere between parody and homage. There is always a…
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