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Big cops. Small town. Moderate violence.
Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. To stop the rest of his team from looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford, paired with simple country cop, and 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 may contain 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…
“I didn't mean to upset the apple cart.”
“Oh yeah, cause we all sell apples 'round here, don't we?”
“Your dad sells apples, Andy.”
I knew there was a reason I watched this film 700 times when I was younger. Hot Fuzz is when comedy harnesses cinema, when a director brings his own filmic language to the forefront and when…. fuck it. When the greatest comedy ever was made. Edgar Wright unites action and comedy unlike anyone else, a comedic auteur, conceiving the ultimate hero and do-gooder Nicholas Angel, placing him inside the most routine of backgrounds. His image captured in the awesome opening scene. A buddy cop comedy movie pulsating with dynamite chemistry and moments of heartfelt…
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…
Cornettos are overrated ice cream; Hot Fuzz is anything but. My main reason for thinking favourably of the film is simple: its laughs per minute ratio is amongst the highest that I have encountered on my cinematic journey, plus it holds up well upon re-watch (even more so than Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End, the two other entries of the trilogy). Edgar Wright’s visually comedic style of filmmaking is so accomplished in this action-comedy that its parody take on the genre achieves greater results than the competition does straightforwardly. It is in the smallest of moments that the British writer slash director manages to create a joke. Basically, there are zero dead moments in it. Every frame…
עדיין מצחיק, עדיין מעולה
I've seen this movie more times than I can count and I love every single moment of it. This is, however, the moment I love the most.
It's like Paddy Considine knew he exited frame so well that he came back out for an encore performance. Just sublime stuff.
Some nice (and long overdue) bad-assery to cap off the night. Awesome English (?) take on buddy cop films.
"He murdered Bill Shakespeare"
With a fantastic direction and Oscar-worthy editing, it boasts a brilliant script that combines hilarious comedy, exhilarating action and clever thriller while paying an incredible attention to the smallest details - though too restrained with violence in its climax.
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Edgar Wright is such a terrific director, and it seems to me that this is due to two very specific things: a) his love of genre, and b) his capacity for visual comedy, which makes this film better than your run-of-the-mill comedy because everything is a joke. Maybe it's a bad comparison, but like Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit, it feels like there's a gag in every frame. It makes watching this such a joy. Of course, Wright's love of action films (and horror films, in the case of Shaun of the Dead, and I'm yet to watch The World's End) radiates through, making this infectiously fun (maybe that qualifier would've been better served in a review of…
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This is pretty frustrating.