This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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 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…
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…
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…
Perfect in every way
Even better on another viewing! It's SO. MUCH. FUN.
In a surprise (to me at least), Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead have switched opinions since I last saw them. I used to think Hot Fuzz was a smart and well made movie but didn't really resonate with me and that Shaun of the Dead perfectly fit my sensibilities. But that erudite filmmaking I noticed the first time around is exactly what resonates with me these days. This is the type of satire that really lands with me because it so clearly comes from someone who likes these types of movies yet still understands exactly what's wrong with them. But it's not Verhoeven level cruel but more in keeping with Josie and the Pussycats, providing the sort of soft criticism that I typically find to be the most poignant and skillful.
Hot Fuzz is yet another brilliant and hysterical installment in the Cornetto Trilogy, with some of the best editing and one of the craziest third-acts that I have seen.
I liked it better the 2nd time around even though it's the weakest of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, but still good. Very fun, awesome and funny. I love Edgar Wright and all of his movies. The action in Hot Fuzz (2007) was great. I love the practical effects. The practical explosions and all of it. It makes the action look so great. I guess the problem I had with it was that it just wasn't as hilarious as the others. The story was good, but not good enough to hide the lack of comedy. There still was comedy present, there definitely was, just less than the other films in the trilogy. I recommend it, but I personally like Shaun of the Dead (2004) and The World's End (2013) better. Also check out Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).
I love that every insipid little thing that happens in this movie has a purpose and recurs later on. Absolutely everything, from the old man with the coat to the former police chief's bushy beard to the peace lily to the three thousand action movie references Nick Frost makes. The movie is 120 minutes of setting up and paying off gags in a never-ending cycle.
Yup, Edgar Wright films are impossible to rate. In no sane world should a film that made me laugh this much get less than an 8, but yet it just doesn't feel right... I feel this and Shaun of the Dead are the true successors to Airplane and Naked Gun, with World's End being the awkward 3rd brother, akin to Hot Shots. I also appreciate that the anti-piracy warning at the beginning was shot in the exact same style as the arrest montages in the film; I'm sure Angel would approve.
Also, Zootropolis really missed a trick not using the line "You want to be a big cop in a small town? Fuck off down the rodent village"
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