Hot Fuzz (2007) (R)
A parody of the typical buddy-action movie, "Hot Fuzz" is the follow up work of the dynamic trio that is Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright.
Their previous work, "Shaun of the Dead" both amusingly disgusted and entertained the mass public...it was a smashing success. Expectations were high for the next movie, and it didn't disappoint.
"Hot Fuzz" is about Nicholas Angel, the best policeman (um, I mean "police officer") in London. He's broken record after record: running, driving, stealth, etc. etc. He's so good at his job that he starts to make all the other officers look bad, and the chief inspector can't have that.
The powers that be (played in cameo roles by Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan, and Bill Nighy) decide to make Nicholas Sgt. in the quaint town of Sanford.
Sanford is a town where nothing happens—the people are nice, the homes are homey, and the work is easy. Essentially, it's a living hell for Nicholas. He is used to action, criminals, and stress.
Right before he leaves he tells his ex-girlfriend Janine (another cameo by an uncredited Cate Blanchett) that he's going to be gone for a while. She doesn't really care, he was always married to the police force. The only thing Nicholas really loves is his Japanese peace lily...the plant that travels with him to Sanford.
Nicholas, moody and restless, spends the entire trip moping and watching his cell phone reception slowly fade away.
When he gets to Sanford, the first thing he notices is the warmth that everyone shows him. These are the kind of people that are mean, but with the decency to be rude behind people's backs. Just say "Bless their hearts" and you can gets away with saying anything.
Nicholas meets Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) who he arrests for drinking and driving—turns out that Danny is a police officer as well. On the first day in Sanford, Nicholas hasn't made many friends.
The team at the police headquarters are a rag-tag bunch of individuals that include two detective both named Andy, an older officer who speaks in indistinguishable mumbles, an incompetent officer, and a policewoman (um, I mean, a "female police officer").
Nicholas is all about being politically correct: traffic accidents are called "traffic collisions", paperwork must be filled out, etc.
But Sanford holds a dark secret. People will start dropping like flies and Nicholas is the only person who thinks that they were murdered. Now it's up to him to figure out who's murdering who and why.
"Hot Fuzz" is hilarious...there's no way around it. It's an unbridled joy to watch Pegg and Frost on the screen. It's easily funnier than "Shaun of the Dead" and its plot is surprisingly twisted and confusing.
Though it does present a good mystery, "Hot Fuzz" (as mentioned earlier) is a parody. It makes fun of the cheap buddy-action movies. It does this by accentuating the homoeroticism between the two leading men—Nicholas and Danny become docile lovers who go on little dates while maintaining their "masculinity". They fall asleep on the couch together, Nicholas wants to buy nice gifts for Danny, the list goes on.
Yet Pegg and Wright find a way to do this without seeming too offensive. It's just there for laughs...it's good fun and not meant to be mean in any way.
Danny and Nicholas complement each other—Danny is laissez faire and Nicholas is high strung.
Shot with the same intensity and mockery that "Shaun of the Dead" was, "Hot Fuzz" is devastatingly entertaining and quite bloody sometimes.
Don't be fooled into thinking that Sanford is a peaceful town—"Hot Fuzz" is just as gruesome as "Shaun of the Dead".
A cult comedy in the making, "Hot Fuzz" satisfies its audience with another comedic gem.
Score: 3 and a half stars out of 4
Posted by Micah Jones