Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz


Action/comedy from the makers of Shaun of the Dead. Officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is London's top copper. This tough law enforcer is good at his job - so good, in fact, that he makes his colleagues look bad. As a result, his superiors "promote" him to the village of Sandford, where all is garden parties and neighborhood watch meetings. Partnered with Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), an oafish but well-meaning young local cop, Angel struggles to adapt. He strikes some luck when a series of grisly accidents indicates that foul play is afoot. Suddenly, this seemingly idyllic town is a case that Angel has to crack.

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Hot Fuzz is a hilarious new comedy from the makers of Shaun of the Dead. But where Shaun succeeded due to a strong structure which borrowed heavily from both the zombie genre and the romantic comedy, Hot Fuzz parodies action films and is slightly less successful.

Top London cop Nicholas Angel is so good at his job that he's putting the rest of the police force to shame. For this, he is sent away to patrol the sleepy village of Sandford. But before long grisly happenings start to take hold and Angel faces his biggest challenge yet. Mwa-ha-ha!

The central conceit of the film is that these ridiculously outlandish events take place in such an idyllic location. This is like Michael Bay directing an episode of Emmerdale. So we get shootouts in local supermarkets, murders at church fetes, and a climactic showdown in a model village (for non UK-residents, you'll find these small-scale villages are quite ridiculously common in Ol' Blighty).

Yes, it's all very funny. But in a film which is purely two hours of gags, don't expect any pathos. What you get instead is a bunch of the best of English comedic actors all joining in on what sometimes feels like an extended inside joke. They enjoy themselves, however, especially Timothy Dalton as a wonderfully over-the-top moustached bad(ish) guy. The two leads Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, as Sgt. Angel and local bobby Danny Butterman respectively, have great 'chemistry' and play up the homoerotic undertones so prevalent in films like Top Gun or Bad Boys. Brilliant.

Fans of Shaun's blood and guts can relax. It's reassuring to see director Edgar Wright retain a love of gore as a series of killings become increasingly gruesome. In fact, Hot Fuzz still bears the hallmarks of a cult favourite but has already broken through to a mainstream audience (straight to number one in UK cinemas).

The creative team has been working together since their days on TV's Spaced. The frenetic editing style with inventive wipes and transitions is still on display here. It's a bit tiring though, and after a while all the flashy editing and loud noises begin to irritate rather than entertain. I felt it was a bit like a two-hour 48HOUR competition film, just with a bigger budget.

But I'm a huge fan of these guys, so I won’t get carried away with the negatives. It’s way funnier than any of this Talledega Nights crap and very much worth the ticket price.

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...but in many ways, Shaun of the Dead wasn't as good as this. Movie of the year, although frankly it hasn't had much competition.

This movie is definitely worth paying around 13 bucks for...

I really enjoyed this movie from beginning to end as the storyline and the acting were brilliant. Thus there was not a single moment during the film where I found it boring..However I agree that not everyone would like it...and just giving a head up to the girls; there are few gruesome parts in the movie that you should look out for.

After watching this movie I borrowed shaun of the dead but I found 'HOT FUZZ' more... More interesting... so if you didn't enjoy shaun of the dead that much.. you should give hot fuzz a go...

it was the best movie I've seen for awhile...Hide

Overrated, it's very funny - but simplistic, one trick pony. 3 stars to 'Shaun Of The Dead's 4 stars.

Yes I thought it was that funny, and yes that happened to me while watching Hot Fuzz.

This movie while not Oscar material, is a very entertaining, very funny film. I found myself laughing almost through the whole movie, and the randomness of the "twist" in the plot was ridiculous and hilarious, in and of itself.

I agree that it may not be to everyone's taste, but if you love spoof movies that have more 'meat' to them than the Wayan brothers contributions, then I think you may well like... More Hot Fuzz.

A spoof movie at its best.Hide

BY Messy nobody

absolutely hilarious with great britishhumour - a must see!

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  • BBC

    True, it's not nearly as dead-on as instant classic Shaun, its cop movie targets a little too soft, too easy. And yes, it needs trimming, a turgid second half too self-indulgent for its own good. But it's a movie you'll still want to see again... Full Review

  • Even without the inspired idea of Shaun Of The Dead it’s an easy match for laughs, and marks Nick Frost as a vital part of this team’s appeal. The boys (now in blue) have done it again... Full Review

  • A by-the-book top cop and his bozo sidekick uncover murder and mayhem in a picturesque English village in "Hot Fuzz," a straight-faced British spoof of everything from Yank crimers and slasher pics to Agatha Christie whodunits and homoerotic U.S. buddy movies. Third theatrical feature by young English helmer Edgar Wright, teaming again with "Shaun of the Dead" actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, comes up with a sustained genre parody that's equally funny but (maybe in deference to the genre) much more pumped up.... Full Review

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