Hot Fuzz

A top London cop is assigned to investigate a seemingly sleepy town, which suddenly starts to stir with a series of grisly “accidents.”

Year: 2007
Certificate: 15
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon PeggNick FrostJim BroadbentPaddy ConsidineTimothy DaltonBill NighyBillie WhitelawEdward Woodward

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A good film in it’s own right but one that fails in comparison to it’s predecessor

I need to be honest straight off the bat. This movie is a weird one for me! I don’t hate it nor do I particularly like it. I realise uttering these words in this day and age about any kind of movie with a substantial fan base can land me in hot water – and yet that is how I feel.

The premise is simple enough PC Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is, much to the annoyance of his fellow officers, an ambitious and achieving officer who gets transferred and made Sergeant (masked by a promotion) to the seemingly crime-free village of Sanford where he is partnered with PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost)

After two dead bodies are discovered and the complacency of the other officers in the village is realised, it’s up to Nicholas and Danny to unravel the conspiracy of this supposedly sleepy village.

It paces well, it’s well written and is funny in parts so why does it radiate dullness?

I think this film suffers from being associated so tightly with it’s spiritual predecessor “Shaun of The Dead” and marketed as part of the trilogy of movies from the same team “The Cornetto Trilogy” because it isn’t bad it’s just what came before was so good!

So why do I still reccomend it?

Hot Fuzz is technically what any fan of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and co could want. A simple story acting as a backdrop to watch the slap stick shenanigans of funny people. Just do yourself a favour watch this one before “Shaun of the Dead” and try not to link the two in anyway. That way expectations aren’t impossible and you can enjoy this movie for what it is.

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