Monday, 5 June 2017

Hot Fuzz (2007) - Film Review


*Originally written June 5th, 2017*

"It's just the one killer actually..."

While is Shaun of the Dead was a homage to zombie and horror films, Edgar Wright's follow up Hot Fuzz is a tribute to the action films of the 80's and 90's. The results aren't as masterful as Shaun of the Dead, but this is still amazing piece of entertainment.

Simon Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a London cop who puts all the rest to shame, once he is forced to move to the sleepy town of Sandford, a seemingly perfect village with no crime, he uncovers that frequent deaths that are deemed "accidents" are far from what they seem.

You know what to expect with the trio of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Nearly every scene references some sort of film, it is insane and there are so many subtle jokes that I am still catching for the first time even though I've watched it several times already.

The cast are all fantastic. It was nice seeing Simon Pegg doing a role that was a complete 180 from Shaun, he plays a straight-headed and dedicated to the job rather than the loser. While he plays it fairly straight, he still shines for the comedic moments and works so fantastically with Nick Frost's bumbling action film fan cop who lives for something to happen.

There is a huge supporting cast here too, I can't list everyone but we get the vastly underrated James Bond, Timothy Dalton as the head of the local supermarket, who is just so fantastically slimy and wonderful.

Hot Fuzz has this gorgeous look to it that mimics a Tony Scott film, although it was filmed on a micro-budget compared to his films, it still looks really cinematic and just great. The last act when the action explodes is just amazing, Edgar Wright really is a truly great director when it comes to visceral set-pieces. I love the idea itself of setting a big action film in a small countryside village in the middle of nowhere within England. It's an odd mash-up that works far better than it should.

There are so many funny big and small running gags throughout the runtime. One of my favorites is the swear jar in the station which has all the swear words censored on it... apart from "cunt". It's small stuff like this that makes Hot Fuzz amazing.

Hot Fuzz is another hit from the trio of Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, while it doesn't hit the same height that Shaun of the Dead set, it still comes pretty damn close with this homage to the action genre.

9/10 Dans

Hot Fuzz is out now on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK
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