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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 August 2014
Police Constable Nicholas Angel is the pride of the London Service, trouble is is that he is making everybody else look bad, so much so his superiors promote him to Sergeant in the sleepy village of Sandford, Gloucestershire. Yet all is not right with Sandford as the locals start meeting grizzly deaths, thus thrusting Angel into his biggest case so far.

The biggest question on most film goers lips was could the pairing of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg triumphantly follow the monster cult success of Shaun Of The Dead? Well the plot premise for Hot Fuzz hardly leaps out as something to grab the attention span of many, but they have crafted a tremendously funny film that winks at the action genre with genuine love and admiration.

Simon Pegg and his trusty sidekick, Nick Frost, clearly have an earthbound appeal that many (even outside of Britain) can warm too, not pretty or over svelt, these guys are fans of movies making movies purely for the fans, and it shows. Neither Pegg or Frost try to steal scenes from each other, both men after over a decade of working together are clearly comfortable with their coupling and thus manage to fine tune their working chemistry.

Once Angel (Pegg) lands at Sandford Village we are introduced to a ream of British Village stereotypes (archetypes actually), all characters ripe for hilarious scenarios that our fish out water (big city cop) Sergeant struggles to comprehend. We observe as he is dumb struck at the ineptitude of the Village Police Force (erm service actually) and is then forced to work alongside dough eyed Constable Butterman (a film stealing Frost). Angel's exasperation at where he finds himself is mirthful joy to us the viewers. The dialogue is priceless, one liners and hat tipping nods to the action genre come thick and fast, in fact you can watch Hot Fuzz repeatedly and play spot the homage each time. I mean come on people, we got both James Bond (a delicious turn from Timothy Dalton) and Belloq in here strutting their stuff. The action set pieces are not found wanting either, director Wright having the time of his life with the crash bang wallop that flows in the final third.

The test of a great comedy is how it stands up to repeat viewings, to me Hot Fuzz delivers no matter how many times it is viewed. For even when you know what is coming up next, the smile on your face is already there before the event, wonderful, wonderful film made by guys who love movies as much as ourselves. 10/10
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This is a great comedy. It has that fun quirky indie feel to it with none of the low budget drippy music let down. Simon Pegg plays Nicholas Angel. Angel is London's greatest policeman. In fact he is too good and makes the rest of the force look bad. They promote him and railroad him out to Sanford, a village which constantly wins "Village of the Year" awards. They have a low crime rate, primarily because the police don't arrest anyone, a British version of Mayberry. This puts Angel at odds with everyone in town, whom remain polite as he seemingly busts everyone in the peaceful village. The comedy is greater good. While on duty and sitting in a pub with fellow policemen, they talk about firearms.

Andie: "Everyone in town and their mum owns a gun."
Angel: "Such as who?"
Andie: "Farmers own guns."
Angel: "And who else?"
Andie: "And their mums."

Nick Frost plays PC Danny Butterman who becomes Angel's sidekick. He loves police movies and admires Angel. Together they become a crime fighting duo in a village that has a secret.

F-bomb, no sex, fake nudity. some blood and gore.
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on 7 September 2015
With Shaun of the Dead it is the best film from the couple (forget World's end, funny but quite weak).
Another brilliant revisitation of the genre, that passes through parody intended as a way to refresh the genre and not just to make fun of it (or at least to make fun of it in a very serious and committed way, british way I'd say), with of course lots of laughs but also a careful attention to details and to style and language. What's great about these films is in fact that they are so well done, with some innovative editing and a breathtaking rhythm that come from a brilliant script, editing, performances and direction.
It is not just a matter of fast cut and adrenaline scenes, but of perfect comical timing and a tasteful unfolding of the story and revelation of characters' personalities, always swinging between caricatures and real people, with their tics, goofy behavior, secrets and funny attitude.
Hot fuzz is released on an excellent blu ray which truly expose its video quality (that is strange to say about a comedy).
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I guess this might not be everyone's cup of tea – or even their Scotch on the rocks – but when I saw this, I thought it was absolutely brilliant.

Not only does it have an absolute stellar cast of fine British actors in some major roles, but Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's part are literally so made for them. And that is the feeling you get for the other parts too.

I was particularly surprised at Timothy Dalton who I wrote off to mediocrity after his short and slightly disappointing stint as 007, a part I didn't feel he suited. In this film he really shines: his timing, hos vocal and physical authority, his lines all delivered with theatrical perfection. I'm glad he had it in him, and so I have to blame James Bond script writers and directors for any failings he might have had as Ian Fleming's timeless hero.

As for the film itself, I don't want to say too much as I'd not want to spoil the plot. It just needs to be watched. The characters and the story is just amazing.
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on 5 September 2007
Police officer Nicholas Angel is transferred to a
rural village. On arrival, Angel teams
up with the oaf-like PC Danny Butterman and
together they investigate a series of mysterious
murders, all of which are classed as 'accidents' by the increasingly strange townsfolk.
The film starts extremly dull, why it dosent get a five
but the gore is quailty and the story is great!
Not quite a comedy but woth it!
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on 6 May 2007
Like many others, I saw this film the day it opened at the cinema and was truly astounded at the storyline and great characters that showcased in it. Simon Pegg stars as a police officer whose precocious talents have provoked the jealously of his London constabulary, and who decide to draft him to a local village where they hope he will fade into obscurity. The rest of the plotline is a tale of deceit and conspiracy as the mysteries of the village are slowly revealed- I wont elaborate any further in case you havent seen the film yet.

One of the great features of the film is its ability to satirise famous sequences from other Hollywood Blockbusters- there are obvious references to the 'Wicker Man', which famously explored the idea of a sinsister occult religion being practised in a rural village. As in 'Shaun of the dead' there is a heavy ammount of violence in the film, but it is always portrayed as burlesque and hyperbolic, ensuring that you cant help but laugh at some of the most gruesome sequences. One of my favourite aspects of this fim is the return of Timothy Dalton (former James Bond) to the big screen, and in his role as the suave, charismatic villain, he provides a superb counterpart to Pegg's austere police image, perhaps inspried by the ice cool front of clint eastwood in the dirty harry movies- indeed there is a very distinct spaghetti western shoot-out at the end of the film.

So this film really has it all, great plotline and tremendous characters- avid film critics will delight in attempting to spot the innumerable film references that are scattered throughout the movie.
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And that's just the problem with Simon Peggs police character. Having caused a dramtic fall in crime, he's tranfered to a sleepy country village. Finding it hard to 'lay back', and being a compulsive workaholic, he's soon poking his nose where it's not wanted. Aided [or hindered] by his relaxed and incompetant colleagues he stumbles from one bizarre incident to the next.
Everything about this film meshed perfectly. Excellent actors delivering top notch performances, a witty script [filled with dry and dark humour] camera work that managed to highlight the eeriness and quirkiness of the storyline and a strong musical score. Over the top it might be, but it really worked for me. This is pure escapism at its best.
It may not suit everyone, but if you like a rollercoaster ride of 'serious' moments mixed with ludicrous comedy, then you'll probably love this.
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on 9 June 2007
I present to you the ridiculously highly anticipated second major feature film from the team (Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg etc.) who brought you the fantastic and hilarious 'Shaun of The Dead' - and equally genius TV-series 'Spaced'- Hot Fuzz.

I was actually 'butterflies-in-the-stomach' excited about this. Did it live up to expectations?

The film is about a Metropolitan Police's super cop, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) who has a superb record in the force, sorry, service. A record so superb in fact that its making the rest of the police service 'look bad' and so his superiors (a string of top name actors) send him to the supposedly sleepy town of Sandiford in the country.

An enraged Angel is forced out to the backwater and spends his first few days getting to know the infuriatingly inefficient police force and getting rather annoyed about it. Then things all start getting a bit odd with a string of, incidents, that Angel is convinced are far more sinister than everybody else thinks. His sleuthing gets him drawn inexorably into the bizarre world of the rural Best Village in Britain.

That's enough of the story I don't want to give anything away.

As far as my opinion goes, its a bit of an odd one this. While I liked the film it was different to 'Shaun of the Dead' in the sense that it was, plot and structure wise, much more of a film. Certainly as far as the story goes its a better film as it twists and turns: there's a real surprise and a couple of 'My God!' moments in there, but comedy wise I'm not as sure. The film is still funnier than most things you'll see and it keeps you chuckling as you go. However there are only a couple of moments of the 'so-funny-you'll-lose-all-your-dignity-because-you're-laughing-like-a-moron' humour that was bursting from the seams of 'Shaun of the Dead'. This is probably mainly due to the fact that Simon Pegg, rather than being the centre of the humour, is forced by his character as the straight-laced uber-cop, into somewhat of a 'straight man' role. The main source of chuckles is now Danny (Nick Frost), Nicholas' loveable but slightly useless assistant copper and the rest of the all-star cast who play the remainder of the police force as well all the villagers. Nick Frost fills the role amply but with only one funny main character it loses something. The film also, quite rightly really given the subject matter and tone, takes itself far more seriously than Shaun of the Dead or Spaced ever did. In actuality this one can be pretty damn scary, I jumped a couple of times and the whole darker theme pervades the viewing experience somewhat.

The film does have a great sense of crescendo to it though as it starts slow, which to some may seem disappointing at first, but gradually gathers pace right up until the last twenty or so minutes which is a veritable orgy of gun toting, fire-ball fuelled, insane action somewhat mirroring the increased pace of the plot.

The film is full of actors they've used before, Bill Nighy, briefly appears along with a whole host of people from both 'Shaun' and 'Spaced'. Coupled with this is a plethora of self-references from these other projects. When Danny is looking in the DVD basket in the supermarket Shaun of the Dead is lying on-top of the heap but it is only filmed for a split second so look carefully. Along side that many in-jokes and beloved quotes such as 'Want anything from the shop?', 'What's up, never taken a short-cut before?' and an abundance of good old Cornettos (fans will know what I'm on about) are present.

I'm probably being quite harsh on 'Hot Fuzz' to be honest because of the great expectations I had for it to live up to 'Shaun of The Dead' and 'Spaced'. It is still a really funny film: awesome action sequences; a gross amount of unnecessary gore; an all-star cast of actors; and a twisty well written plot. It's most definitely worth a watch. I'll appreciate it more second time round. Now that all the hype has faded.

If you get nothing else out of the review then take this from it:

Buy this film
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on 9 September 2007
I really enjoyed this film. It's a wonderfully surreal representation of English village life (very exaggerated) and also has loads of slapstick moments. I still laugh out loud when I remember Nick Frost's 'ice cream headache'. The movie is peppered with little gems like that - an unexpected take on a traditional 'cop movie' moment. The climax of the movie doesn't disappoint - again, the surrealism is brilliant.

It's just as good as Shaun of the Dead, but in a different way. It's also pleasing to see that Simon Pegg has more than one role in him. This time he is quite different to his Spaced or Shaun characters. Nick Frost is absolutely endearing as Danny and has some of the funniest lines and scenes.

Well worth watching. The extras are good too.
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on 19 February 2007
I wont bother going into detail about the premise, put simply this is an attempt to merge a sleepy british village, current culture and american cop movies. It works. Its a better film if you spot all the subtle references in there but even if you dont this is kind of vicar of dibley meets heartbeat meets lethal weapon. I havent laughed so consistently through a film in a long time. Its the same team from Shaun of the Dead and Pegg and Frost are probably the best comedy team this country has seen for a long time. I can not recommend this enough. Im off to see it again this week and then as soon as the dvd preorder is up im buying it. The only criticism to be levelled is that its a little too long and there are several leads up to the ending. I dont have a problem with this - it's like complaining that you didnt enjoy your giant size chocolate sundae because there was too much.
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