Hot Fuzz

February 23, 2007

I went to see Hot Fuzz last night, the latest from the Spaced/ Shaun of the Dead team Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright. It’s a fusion of Heartbeat-style British police procedural drama, and OTT American police thrillers such as the Bad Boys series.  Pegg’s character Nick Angel is sent from London to police the small Gloucestershire town of Sandford, a place which seems too perfect, and indeed is. Angel has to get to the bottom of a series of gruesome deaths, including what must be the quintessential Spinal Tap-esque bizarre gardening accident.

The combination of genres sounds weird, and is incongruous, but all concerned pull it off in fine style, with a climactic heavy weapon shoot-out in the village square, reminiscent of Hard Boiled crossed with the Midsommer Murders sans Bergerac.

One particularly winning thing is that the film is packed to the gunnels with familiar faces. Not only are there the predictable comedy types (Steve Coogan, Bill Bailey, Kevin Eldon, Martin Freeman, either Adam or Joe (I can never remember which is which)), but also a great range of Brit thesps, including Edward Woodward, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, and Paddy Considine, all of whom are obviously having a great time of it. It is Nick Frost’s character, Danny Butterman who steals the show, with some great lines that are up there with some of Shaun OTD’s best. The film is also packed full of references to other movies, and would reward repeat viewings to spot all those alone.

The only slightly wrong note were the false endings, something that always annoys me when watching films; apart from this, the film is thoroughly entertaining and comes highly recommended.

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