Hot Fuzz. From the same guys that brought you Shaun of The Dead and the short lived but very funny TV show Spaced, Hot Fuzz is a British comedy film from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg and the plot revolves around two policemen trying to solve the apparently accidental, but brutal, deaths of the Sanford citizens. It is also the second part of what has been named The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy by Wright and Pegg themselves, which started with Shaun of the Dead and will finish with The World's End, an upcoming movie due for release in 2010.
If I see one bad word, I'll get Pegg to shoot you
The plot of this film is very simple but at the same time, very, very effective. It focuses on a Sergeant Nicholas Angel (played by Simon Pegg) who patrols the streets of London. Unfortunately for him, his superiors (played by Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan and Bill Nighy respectively) decide he has been embarrassing his fellow officers and decide to bounce him out of London and to a rural village called Sanford, Gloucestershire. Here, he meets a Constable Danny Butterman (played by Nick Frost) and the rest of the Sanford police service who, apart from Frank Butterman and his son Danny, who is in awe of his previous career in London and of all the stuff he has done. At first, Angel is irritated by the lack of apparent interest in doing any police work shown by all of them, who, as a collective, seems to be more interested in eating ice cream instead of looking out for potential crime/criminal activities. However, the entire team work together towards the end and solve the mystery of the deaths.
Have you ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air? No!
You liar, Angel.
Now, enough about the plot before I spoil it!
Time to talk about the humour and chemistry between Pegg, Frost and the rest of the supporting cast A full list of cast and crew can be found here. The humour in this film is one of the best things about it. The cast work very well together and even later on in the film, when the accidents are revealed to be something so much, much more sinister, the chemistry between them is astounding. The scenes involving Pegg and Frost are some of the best scenes in the movie, as they exchange lines with each other and share a close bond on screen and off screen, which of course adds to the comedic value of this film. The supporting cast of Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent, Edward Woodward, Billie Whitelaw and many more that would take too long to list here, are at their acting and comedic best, even if some of the actors aren't well known for their comedic talents. Special mentions go out to Jim Broadbent as Insp. Frank Butterman and the on screen relationship he has with Frost, who is playing his son. The two work well together and act like they've been working together for a long, long time. Special mentions also go out to Billie Whitelaw as Joyce Cooper, the owner/manager of The Swan hotel, who has a relatively small part but always shines when she's on screen, Timothy Dalton as Simon Skinner is marvellous in his role and has amazing chemistry with Pegg in their one to one scenes. I could carry on doing this for each supporting cast member but if I did, I'd be here for another 30 minutes so I shall move on to the next part of the review. And, before I forget, a special mention goes out to Rafe Spall and Paddy Considine who play The Andys. These two are without doubt, the funniest characters in the movie. They have amazing chemistry and the way they deliver their lines are point perfect and are always in the exact tone of voice (for tone of voice, read sarcasm and dry wit) that matches the current situation. They also react with Pegg and Frost's characters superbly, making the scenes where all four of them are on the screen the funniest parts of the movie. It's just a shame they don't get any more scenes between them then they do.
Quick! He's dropped a bit of litter!!!
Now, time to talk about the other part of this action comedy, which would be the action. Obviously.
Now, many films of this genre can't do one and the other. It's either good comedy, poor action or good action, poor comedy. Here, I am happy to say, it does both the comedy and action extremely well. It all kicks off about halfway, nearly three quarters of the way into the movie. To describe how this happens, I shall now try and explain how without giving away much plot. Angel is attacked by an assailant and after the assault, he discovers that his attacker has a radio. To not attract any suspicion, Angel adopts the attackers voice and successfully bluffs his way through the conversation with the person at the other end. This then leads him to a castle where a plot twist is introduced and he is forced to leave Sanford. But, after seeing a rack of action movies, he decides to head back and kick some buttock! Now, this leads to the best part of the movie for me. Lots and lots of GUNS! Yes, it is truly a shed load of guns that appear later on. Rifles, shotguns, even a World War 2 machine gun, the range of weapons here is quite big. And of course, this leads to amazing action. The gunfights are very dramatic, well done and even have a bit of humour involved. I can't say much about the people involved in the gunfights as if I do, I'll reveal the plot and spoil it for the people who haven't seen this movie. And, unlike most action movies, the main actor does actually take a few hits now and again. The action, as I said above, also includes a bit of humour. For example, there is a gun fight in a pub later on and has all sorts of sound effects, one of which includes the extra life sound from a game which I cannot remember. There is also several small references to various movies in the latter scenes which you may be able to pick up on. And before I forget, the stunt work during the final chase scene, which involves two Vauxhall Astra diesels which Pegg described as "A chase between the irresistible force and the unmoveable object", is very good. Lot's of high speed, gun shooting, sliding action (OK, only one slide) which is all pulled off smoothly, slickly and will keep your attention firmly on the screen.
What do you mean "We're not getting paid for this?!"
As you could no doubt have figured out from the above, I love this movie. However, I have a little gripe with it. That gripe is the plot holes which occur on at least three occasions. I cannot go into much detail here for, once again, fear of spoiling the plot but when you watch the movie, you may notice three glaring plot holes. This disrupts the flow of the story not one jot but if you are like me, you will be left scratching your head as to why they didn't explain how that guy did that thing they did. Apart from that small gripe, I cannot find anything wrong with it myself.
So, should you watch this movie? Yes, you should. If you have already watched this, should you do so again? Yes. If you watch this movie at least once a day, should you watch it more then once a day? God yes. A fantastic movie from fantastic writers and a fantastic director.
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