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Great - but is it another Shaun of the Dead?,
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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