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A Respectful Parody,
This review is from: Hot Fuzz (2 Disc Special Edition)  [DVD] (DVD)
It should be noted that while Hot Fuzz is essentially "taking the mickey" out of action films, it is clear that there is also a lot of respect and admiration for them too.
Hot Fuzz is a good film, and I think it's better than Shaun of the Dead, even though I'm sure it won't have the same lasting cult appeal. Not only is it funny, but it also actually has quite a good story. It could easily have fallen into the trap of being predictable and stupid, but by and large it almost comes across as a "serious" film with some comedy thrown in.
It does buck this trend eventually, though. About three quarters of the way into the film, Simon Pegg's character completely breaks character and straps a load of guns to himself, walking into a village and slaughtering a bunch of people, in an imitation of films like The Matrix. The parody is accepted and appreciated, but it seems jarring in the context of the whole film, where such outlandishness is generally avoided. But perhaps that was the point, I don't know. To the filmmakers' credit, though, the action is fairly entertaining.
Overall, this film does most of what it promises. It provides laughs and a small dose of (albeit mild) thrills. It comes recommended to anyone looking for a fun night in.