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4.0 out of 5 stars Schlocky Horror Picture Show!, 20 Aug 2007
This review is from: Hot Fuzz (2 Disc Special Edition) [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
Alas, if only England was like Working Title's spin on it, we could play tennis with Kirsten Dunst while she winks suggestively, we could drunkenly stroll to The Lucky Boat to meet andie McDowell, we could leisurely stroll through Notting Hill to the strains of Bill Withers... It's a sepia tinted world to be sure.
We now come to their latest project Hot Fuzz, the rustic English opener is spliced with a Lethal Weapon like second half. The amiable first half sees Sgt Nicholas Angel(an excellent Simon Webb) golden boy Police "Officer" a pollitically correct dot the i s and cross the ts anal retentive who gets despatched to the country by his superiors (Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan and Bill Nighy all in excellent form) because he is making his colleagues look inept in comparison. He winds up in sleepy Sandford, Gloucestershire where he is not expected to make any waves. The town is idyllic with an exceptionally low crime rate but a very high accident rate! Something isn't quite right from Timothy Dalton's smarmy Supermarket owner to Edward Woodward's over zealous community liason. People are unexpectedly slaughtered by a cloak wearing psychopath...but is it why we think?
Sgt Angel is twinned up with Danny (Nick Frost) an oafish overweight idiot and son of the local Police chief Jim Broadbent.
The film is drenched with so many references that it becomes almost original. The village is reminiscent of the Daily Mail's Middle England that it bemoans is disappearing. This is crossed with Stepford Wives overtones. The second half is gun toting brilliance and reeks of Dirty Harry and Martin Riggs. On the way are hilarious interludes such as the village hall production of Romeo + Juliet. Stephen Merchant turns up in a hilarious cameo where he describes a missing swan which has escaped( long neck, orange beak etc..)If only Timothy Dalton exuded some of this sheer class whilst 007 he would have undoubtedly been my favourite Bond. Violence is sporadic but schlockily scary. The film is generally hiarious and worth a watch
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