For when that friend asks you to introduce him to some really great films. This list is not meant to…
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…
(watched w/Wright and Tarantino commentary)
This is still one of the all time greats especially where the screenplay is concerned. Just about every line has some sort of joke to it, nothing is wasted.
I've always heard it was a funny movie, but it was even funnier than I expected.
Watched with my son. It's been a while since I've seen this one. My least favorite of the trilogy, but by no means a bad film. I think it's the character Simon plays that throws me off a bit. This film is full of lovely bits that pop up throughout. So many famous people and reoccurring actors, it's fun to see so many interesting people. Did you catch them putting money in the swear box during that scene?
Part 2 of the Cornetto Trilogy and it is a laugh riot! Simon Pegg at his absolute best tagged along by Britain's best makes this an absolute delight to watch. Yarp!
Liked but didn't love this fuzz.
Every time I watch this film, I catch something else that I never noticed before. There are so many little tiny bits of comedy throughout this thing that it's almost constant. Sometimes it's just a little sound effect to add to someone's internal thoughts. Other times it's a callback to a line that was seemingly throwaway (Aaron A. Aaronson). This is my all-time favorite Edgar Wright film, and I will never get tired of watching it.
What did I just watch...
In a word, Hot Fuzz is kinetic. In two, it's incredibly fun. And how could it not be, with a comedy duo and a brilliant director working together to parody American action films through a British lens. Every single scene in this movie is artfully crafted in a way that is both eye-popping, full of motion, and honed to tell a story at a level few films are capable of.
More than that, every last scene is also so mind-poppingly absurd out of context that it's almost incomprehensible that this movie works as a cohesive whole. But it does, and more than that, it's one of the best genre parodies I've ever seen. It may be one of my most watched films of all time, and everything from casting to credits to score is done with a level of care many hollywood films could learn form.
Yes. A million times yes.
Note: I missed the first half of the first act. Will rewatch.
Fictional cults and sects on film, however thinly veiled.
Preferably no demonic takeovers, although it can't always be avoided.
Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.