Hot Fuzz (2007)

February 20, 2007 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

London Met officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is too good at his job, so his superiors move him to an out of the way village in rural England to prevent him from showing them up. The village at first appears harmlessly mundane, but Angel becomes suspicious when a series of seemingly random grisly accidents begin to occur.

The plausibility of the Hollywood cop does not transfer well onto the British police force. It’s easy to fool our minds into believing that there is a John McClane or a Dirty Harry somewhere out there, flying through the air with two guns blazing. But the possibility of the same feats being achieved in The Bill or Heartbeat is so far beyond the realm of possibility that it’s funny.

And that’s one of the reasons why Hot Fuzz is so funny. It seamlessly combines the sublimely ridiculous nature of Hollywood action films with the dreary banality of the English countryside. And it manages to tie it all together with an excellent script and a reservoir of hilarious and likeable characters.

Simon Pegg is superb as the uber law-enforcing Nicholas Angel, Nick Frost is ever-likeable as his dim-witted partner and Timothy Dalton steals most of his scenes as the delectably evil Somerfield manager. However, some of the supporting characters feel a little bit under-developed and superfluous, often resulting in a wasted cameo with lots of potential; Steve Coogan and Bill Bailey in particular.

All the usual Pegg/Wright touches are here; the flashy editing, the mundane English setting and the subtle, dry humour perfectly contrasted by Frost’s vulgarity.

For Spaced or Shaun of the Dead veterans, this is another prime example of the lads at their best. However, for newcomers to the trio’s work, the extremely individual style of the film might feel a bit too far from convention for comfort.

Both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are so uniquely scripted and stylised that Wright and Pegg have ironically created their own genre whilst paying tribute to other genres. The genre of….. genre appreciation. First it was zombie films, then it was action films, what next? Maybe some science-fiction, hopefully.

Pictures: Top Right: The far-reaching arms of the law, Bottom Left: Frost and Pegg in full action mode

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Written by: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent

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