Hot Fuzz – Daily Movie Review (06.01.2013)
Review of Hot Fuzz (2007) by director Edgar Wright
London cop Nicholas Angel (Simn Pegg) is hard boiled and extremely efficient. This seems good on the surface but his boss tells Angel he makes all the other cops “look bad”. Therefore Angel is reassigned to the small town of Sandford. The policemen (and policewomen) there make fun of Angel for his by the book approach. Angel on the other hand is easily annoyed by all the small town laziness. Especially his new partner Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), who is also the son of the chief, is getting on Angel’s nerves. But soon things change when strange accidents kill one resident after another. The other policemen think it’s coincidence but Angel investigates. He suspects the owner of the local supermarket, Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton), hides a dark secret.
In Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright and his two main actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost created a homage to the zombie genre. Shaun of the Dead was not really a parody but more of a comedic loveletter to the genre. Hot Fuzz is also a tribute, but this time to the action film genre. In my opinion Wright, Pegg and Frost score gold once again here. I am not alone with this opinion. For example the Flick Filosopher, The Powell Blog and FilmJabber all agree. Is Hot Fuzz better than Shaun of the Dead? That is a harder question. In my opinion it’s equally good.
I love that Hot Fuzz quotes a lot of other action movies in the first half and recreates moments from them in the second half. You really gotta watch out to catch all the small winks. This makes Hot Fuzz a pleasure to watch for any action movie aficionado. Still Hot Fuzz also has a nice story at it’s core. There is a lot of character development for Nicholas Angel who goes from hardboiled city cop to countryside lover. As always the pair of Pegg and Frost have a great chemistry and take care of many laughs. This is modern, intelligent British humour at it’s best. The action scenes in the finale are well done as well. So Hot Fuzz works great as a comedy but also as an action movie.
Timothy Dalton shows a lot of self irony here, which is cool, too. He seems to love to play the villain with a bit of a goofy twist to him. Jim Broadbent is fantastic as well. He loved Shaun of the Dead and explicitly asked to be included in the next movie by Wright, Pegg and Frost. It’s easy to see he has fun playing the incompetent police chief.
All in all Hot Fuzz is a great movie. I like this kind of humour that does not rely on cheap jokes about body functions or sex references. This is very cool British humour with a lot of substance to it. Pegg and Frost recreate their Bromance from Shaun of the Dead and make Hot Fuzz a movie, that is at least as good as it’s indirect predecessor.
My score: 9/10