Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz is a special kind of great. Edgar Wright’s movies are works of art. The stories are carefully crafted and no detail is left to chance. Every time I watch it I catch something new or remember something I forgot about. This is the type of film you can watch over and over again.

If you haven’t seen this film by now, go watch it immediately. If you need more convincing, read on, and I’ll try not to spoil too much.

The character development is succinct and entertaining. Throughout the film you’ll watch nearly every character change as events unfold.

The plot is wonderful. Ask any Hot Fuzz enthusiast and they’ll gladly tell you about every little foreshadowing detail that’s cleverly slipped into unsuspecting dialogue. The plot is simple, yet complex. The script parodies today’s overly complicated spy/espionage films by making something obtuse, yet childish.

In terms of comedy, Hot Fuzz is a British as it is golden. Which is to say, very much so. A lot of the humor is dry and is word play, in one form or another. It goes by fast and is sometimes easy to miss. Unlike sitcoms where long pauses and laugh tracks cue audience responses, Hot Fuzz throws one liners at you and never gives you a chance to respond.

Many of the jokes are throw backs (or throw forwards) to lines of dialogue or situations in other parts of the film. This melding of humor and foreshadowing brings the film together into a cohesive and entertaining story.

I love the sound design of Hot Fuzz. I love how small audio cues can accentuate lines of dialogue or camera cuts.

With so little CGI and so much visual comedy Hot Fuzz holds up remarkably well, even after a decade. 10/10. Will definitely watch again.

Review by Phil Wels

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