Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz
Made in: Great Britain
Language: English
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton

Synopsis: Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop the London Metropolitan Police Force has ever known. Highly decorated and skilled, he also holds the department records for just about everything, be it marksmanship, driving, cycling, hand-to-hand combat, and even chess!

But his constant over-achievement makes his fellow officers look bad, and so Nicholas finds himself transferred to the quaint country village of Sandford.

The adjustment is not easy. To call Sandford's existing police department incompetent and lax would be a an insult to incompetent and lax people everywhere. Nicholas' new superior officer, Chief Inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), doesn't seem too keen on enforcing discipline.

And on top of that, Butterman's oafish son Danny (Nick Frost) is assigned as Angel's new partner. Although good-natured and affable, Nicholas quickly becomes frustrated with Danny's complete lack of law enforcement acumen.

And when a series of grisly deaths are quickly written off as accidents, Angel becomes suspicious and begins an intense investigation.

As his straight-laced, by-the-book professionalism is tested to the limits by his inept colleagues, Nicholas soon uncovers Sandford's terrifying secret, which is masked by the town's idyllic facade.

The Good: Edgar Wright once again creates a hilarious comedy in a similar vein as his previous hit, Shaun of the Dead. The humor and story are clever and original, and the anticipated exchanges between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost don't disappoint.

Offscreen pals in real life, Pegg and Frost have a strong rapport as evidenced in the hit British TV series, Spaced.

Timothy Dalton hams up his role as Simon Skinner, the slick and devious owner of Sandford's grocery store. Dalton is a pleasure to watch as he focuses his Shakespearean stage talents on a humorous yet substantive role.

The best thing about Hot Fuzz is that it's a comedy with depth. There's an underlying theme about conformity and the loss of life perspective when one refuses to give up a small town mentality.

Great credit should go to Edgar Wright for exploring a potentially serious topic with original humor and great characters.

The Bad: The action does get a bit carried away with itself towards the end.

Who would like this movie: Like Shaun of the Dead, I'd also recommend this foreign film to a broad, general audience looking for a strong comedy. British wit and vocabulary, when applied to humor, has a different flavor than what we're used to here in America, and not only is it a breath of fresh air, it's often a riot.

Hot Fuzz was also widely distributed here in the US, so you might have heard about it already. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly suggest you put it on your list of movies to rent.

(3 stars out of 4)

Review written by: Joe Yang

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