Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Timothy Dalton, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy
Written By: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Studio: Rogue Pictures
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Hot Fuzz is the latest movie from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright. They did the zombie comedy classic Shaun of the Dead and the TV series Spaced. This time around, they take on the buddy cop, action movies and do a great job of making a mockery of it. While the movie has a lot of funny moments, I think in the end the movie could have been a little bit better.
The film is about London supercop Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) who gets promoted to Sergeant, but in some tiny village in Sandford. Angel slowly adapts to country living and lack of exciting crime. His partner is the sluggish, dim-witted but harmless cop Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). Danny thinks cops are really like the ones you see in movies like Bad Boys and Point Break. Slowly but surely, weird things start to happen in Sandford. People are getting brutally murdered, but no one is believing they are being murder. They just think they are accidents and collisions. Angel doesn’t believe any of that and thinks Skinner, the local supermarket owner is behind it all. He begins to untangle a huge cover-up and comes to the conclusion that not everything is as it seems in the village of Sandford.
Hot Fuzz is a great satire on all the buddy cop, action movies. The jokes are clever, the violence is over the top gory, and the acting is just like what you would see in a typical Hollywood movie. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are a great duo and I’m really looking forward to what movie genre they might tackle next. I’d love to see them in a war film or an Indiana Jones type of movie. The secondary characters were just as great. As soon as you see the characters on the screen, you know you’ve seen these types on the screen before. The two cops who had the mustaches have been done to death in movies. So it was nice to see the team from Hot Fuzz spoof them. I thought the inside jokes and pop culture references were a nice touch. I cracked up when the inevitable Point Break scene was about to happen. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but the movie felt like there was a million endings. I know typical Hollywood police movies feel like that so not sure if they simply got caught up in the moment as well or were doing it intentional. Whether or not it was done on purpose, I still thought the movie was a half hour too long. The last half hour was great with all the action, it just took us a long ass time to get there. Just when you thought the movie was going to be over, you still had another half hour to go. Even though I liked Hot Fuzz a lot, I still thought it was a little bit slow-paced and too dry at times. But if you seen Shaun of the Dead, you should know how the humor is. The movie definitely gets better with repeat viewings, I know I liked it better the second time around more.
The bonus features on the DVD include a bunch of stuff like deleted scenes, audio commentary with Pegg & Wright, outtakes, and a few other featurettes. The outtakes were pretty funny but could have been funnier. I thought the short clip of Pegg & Frost impersonating Sean Connery and Michael Caine was quite funny. There was a lot of Deleted Scenes but I didn’t really find them all that interesting. There was just a lot more back story on Angel and more scenes with the people in the villains. I thought the best featurette was the U.S. tour Wright, Pegg and Frost. It’s interesting to see actors in normal settings and what they do behind the scenes. They are all a bunch of goofballs behind the scenes as much as they are on the screen. There’s a few other things to check out but I never got around to watching them.
If you liked Shaun of the Dead, you’ll probably like Hot Fuzz as well. Some people might think it’s better and some won’t. As for me, I think it’s a funny movie but could have been better in some areas. It definitely could have been trimmed down quite a lot. The DVD is still worth buying if you enjoyed the movie.
Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Commentary
The Man Who Would Be Fuzz
The Fuzzball Rally
Audio Commentary with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright
And Many More Hilarious Features!
ENGLISH: DD-EX 5.1 CC
SPANISH: DD-EX 5.1
FRENCH: DD-EX 5.1
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: The last half hour was great.
Running Time: 121 minutes