4/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers
Dir: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Rafe Spall, Kelvin Eldon, Olivia Colman, Karl Johnson, Bill Bailey.
A cleverly written, shot and directed movie, Hot Fuzz is a hilarious, must-see classic with a strong cast and great action scenes.
Centering around know-it-all, workaholic constable-now-sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), Hot Fuzz is a comedy-drama parody film – the second in the iconic Cornetto trilogy which also features comedy films Shaun of the Dead (2004) and The World’s End (2013).
Angel finds it difficult to adjust to his new life as sergeant of Sandford, an isolated village with the lowest recorded crime rate and a group of seemingly incompetent police officers including Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). Angel is, however, forced to work with Butterman and the rest of Sandford’s police force in order to solve the mystery surrounding a series of suspicious deaths of local people.
Directed by Edgar Wright, the genius behind music-centered getaway film Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz features a number of cleverly selected and directed cuts as well as references to other films and genres. Parodying the cliché cop buddy film, Hot Fuzz is original yet familiar giving it a sense of fresh-ness while an enjoyable sense of a popular genre.
Balancing perfectly a number of genres and styles, Wright masters the art of balancing action and comedy through perfectly timed cuts and cleverly written lines of dialogue at key points in the narrative.
Sandford’s police force have some comical lines and scenes however are underutilized until the climax of the film and are unfortunately reduced to supporting leading actors and legendary comedy duo Pegg and Frost. The charisma of the leads and their natural chemistry and impressive acting, more than makes up for this though, setting the bar high for other cop comedies to follow.
With some of the Britain’s best actors and actresses starring in some minor roles and of course Simon Pegg and Nick Frost delivering iconic lines, Hot Fuzz is a cult film worth a revisit for some laughs, impressive action and murder scenes and a brilliant third act and ending.
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