Friday, June 23, 2017

Movie Review: "Hot Fuzz" (2007)

Director: Edgar Wright
Year: 2007
Rating: R
Running Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes

Nicholas Angel is London's best police officer. After making his current department look bad by contrast, he is transferred to a small English countryside village. Once there, a string of odd accidental deaths begin to occur, and Nicholas believes they may actually be murders.

"Hot Fuzz" is the second film in what is now called the Cornetto Trilogy, a trio of genre comedies directed by Edgar Wright. Wright also wrote this movie along with the film's star Simon Pegg. Joining Pegg is Nick Frost, who always plays Pegg's sidekick in the Cornetto Trilogy films. In this case, Frost plays his partner Danny. Pegg plays Nick Angel, the top cop in all of London. He is so damn good at his job, the other police officers on the force think he is making them look bad. So, Nick is forced to transfer precincts, moving from the bustling streets of London to a small countryside village called Sandford, Gloucestershire. This new town is virtually crime-free, much to his chagrin, and has an unfit, lazy police force because of it. Eventually, Nick starts to take notice of a series of strange, deadly accidents, but since he's a top-notch copper, he finds some irregularities in these cases. He begins to believe these are not accidents at all, and that, in fact, they are homicides. Also in the film are Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Rafe Spall, just to name a few other actors. 

Where "Shaun of the Dead" poked fun at the genre of horror, "Hot Fuzz" is Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's take on the action genre, more specifically, the big, grandiose, over the top buddy cop style of action flicks. It does so by pointing out the fact that being a cop isn't at all how it is portrayed in cinema. Where movies show cops getting in car chase after car chase and gunfight after gunfight, "Hot Fuzz" shows the facts, the less glamorous nature of writing tickets and doing excessive amounts of paperwork. Danny is a huge fan of buddy cop films and is constantly hounding Nick about them, even though he's seemingly never watched an action movie in his life. Seriously, who hasn't seen "Point Break"?! Luckily, as the film progresses, it starts to mirror its blockbuster action counterparts more and more. It eventually goes all out by movie's end, finishing in an absurd flurry of massive gun battles, elongated chase sequences, and big explosions to go along with its ultimate mystery.

Pegg and Frost work extremely well together, as always, and they have a hell of a supporting cast backing them up in this flick. Like all of Edgar Wright's movies, "Hot Fuzz" is loaded with a ton of wit and a really cool aesthetic and style to go along with it. Once again, Wright and Pegg play with the expected genre tropes and create something not just satirical, but genuinely hilarious and borderline batshit crazy. We laugh our asses off every time we see this movie. In fact, we actually may enjoy it more now than we did when we first saw it 10 years ago. Edgar Wright has to be one of the best comedy directors out there because we have greatly enjoyed all of his movies up until this point. Another must see satire from a bunch of comedic geniuses!

My Rating: 8/10
BigJ's Rating: 8/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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