By far one of the best comedies ever. It's sharp, crude and downright hilarious from start to finish. It's one of those rare occasions I actually laugh out loud. Apart from when people tell me cricket and golf is exciting and seeing cyclists on the road wearing full Tour De France get up when they are only cycling to Tesco. And you don't need all the road space!
Hot Fuzz though is a genuine classic and gets better with age. Something I was surprised at because I can't stand Simon " my best friend is Tom Cruise" Pegg now. He is up his own bottom, thinking he is funny and spoiling the Mission Impossible films. Kill him off please Tom.
All the characters in Hot Fuzz are really funny, especially Timothy Dalton dodgy supermarket owner. There is plenty of swearing, blood and guts and action film nods to make you laugh.
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).
Such a good film - I can’t even remember how many times I’ve watched this, and I still catch things I didn’t remember before (age, perhaps!). I chose this to watch on our ‘family film night’ with my teenaged boys, and they loved it (their first time of seeing it!). So popular all round!
I bought this at the same time as Shaun of the Dead, without having seen either in the cinema or anywhere else. I must admit I prefer this film out of the two. As one or two reviewers mention, it is a bit of a 'slow' starter. We are given a fairly lengthy (but necessary) preview into Simon Pegg's 'policing' career and then follow his reluctant transfer into a 'seemingly' dead-end job within a quiet village. But the action soon heats up when the bodies start mounting, and I do prefer those mysteries that have the audience guessing whodunnit as well. The typical American cop-style action, the over-the-top filming techniques so common in Hollywood action movies, the charming country accents and quaint English village backdrop all make for an hilarious combination.
Hot Fuzz [Blu-ray] [Region Free]London-based PC Nicholas Angel is unaware of his colleagues' resentment towards him as his efficiency on the job makes them 'look bad'. Therefore, he is exiled to Stanford, Gloucestershire, in the guise of a promotion as Sergeant. Nicholas is amazed by the local police's laziness and people being killed in so-called 'accidents'. Nicholas' sole ally is well-meaning but bumbling PC Danny Butterman. Cinephile Danny is in awe with Nicholas, whom he compares with American movies' super-cops, whereas too-strict Nicholas progressively warms to Danny gentle nature. However, Nicholas discovers a horrid truth: the village's notables murder troublemakers to keep a 'Perfect Village' image. Danny begs Nicholas to leave Stanford but the Avenging Angel will be back, armed to the teeth, to give retribution to wrongdoers! This wonderful comedy has it all: fantastic actors (cuckoos for Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Timothy Dalton), hilarious references to movies such as Point Break and Bad Boys II, crazy gunfights and a plot filled with twists and turns. Don't miss it!
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have done very well for themselves with a series of films taking a modern, humorous look at the films that they (and I) grew up with. Shaun of the Dead was a great pastiche of the schlock horror genre, and Hot Fuzz was a perfect take on action films.
Utilising every cliché in the book, we are treated to the tale of one man's mission to bring law and order to a sleepy rural village. Taking off everything from the Bill to Die Hard, and passing through every station in between, it's a rollercoaster of a ride packed with thrills and mystery. And jokes. Lots of jokes. It's hilarious.
Added into the mix is a fine roster of British actors. Jim Broadbent is absolutely superb as the commander of the local police force. Sterling work comes from Timothy Dalton in a great riff on his Bond characterisation (crossed with an Agatha Christie villain!) and the late Edward Woodward, who plays an elderly version of the Equaliser with his usual charm. Paddy Considine, Bill Bailey, Steve Coogan, Bill Nighy, Paul Freeman and, basically, anyone who is anyone in British TV and film get a llok in. Central to all of this is the pairing of Pegg and Frost, who's easy going friendship holds the whole film together and stops it being too much of a rambling mess.
I absolutely loved this film. It's a funny, affectionate look at films I love, played out with great charm by a cast who are obviously enjoying themselves enormously. 5 stars.
A big "Yarrp" to the very English action movie Hot Fuzz. No, it's not as good as Shaun of the Dead, but it's not really a disappointment either even if the laugh count is a lot lower. Much of the film really isn't that funny, yet it gets by for much of its running time on sheer enthusiastic likeability. At times Edgar Wright's direction tries a little too hard and few of the many cameos have much to do (though a heavily disguised Cate Banchett makes a real virtue of her anonymity and Peter Jackson does turn up as a psycho Santa), but it's one of the very few films where the fun that the filmmakers seem to be having actually seems to translate to the finished product. As with Shaun, it's an inspired bit of gene-splicing, in this case a wonderful yet surprisingly logical cross between Agatha Christie and Jerry Bruckheimer, with a series of very English crimes - motivated by nothing so sordid as monetary gain or as logical as a criminal conspiracy but rather by something infinitely more respectable - culminating in 20 minutes of virtuoso mayhem that sees Simon Pegg and Nick Frost shooting up the kind of quaint and picturesque village more used to the genteel Sunday teatime likes of The Vicar of Dibley and All Creatures Great and Small. Even the casting of the local Neighbourhood Watch is truly inspired, consisting of (among others), James Bond (Timothy Dalton, whose `supermarket slasher' gets my vote for Best Supporting Actor this year), Callan (Edward Woodward), Bellocq from Raiders of the Lost Ark (Paul Freeman), the nanny from The Omen (Billie Whitelaw) and the villain from Lethal Weapon 3 (Stuart Wilson). And there's been some real thought put into the disposal of the bad guys, which mirror the various murders in gruesomely exaggerated fashion via bear traps, model villages and sea mines. Very pleasing indeed - even the extras on the DVD are unusually entertaining. Yarrp.
The eagerly awaited second feature film from Wright/Pegg/Frost after 2004's Shaun of the Dead was well worth the wait. Although it was met with critical success and movie-goers flocked to the cinemas, some people didn't find it quite as funny as Shaun of the Dead. Well, theose people are wrong because it is every bit as funny, better written and far more polished. This time they parody many action films/buddy movies but it easily stands out as a fantastic police comedy by itself. Some excellent cameos by the likes of Bill Bailey, Martin Freeman, Cate Blachett and Peter Jackson and of course a well selected supporting cast with Timothy Dalton, Lucy Punch, Jim Broadbent and Paddy Considine make the sharp writing of Hot Fuzz a joy to behold. Highly recommended. 5/5