Hot Fuzz (2007)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Needed more fighting.

Until recently, I hadn’t really been aware that Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End were an official trilogy. All I knew was that each film had a nearly identical cast with different characters and different themes. It wouldn’t seem like a real trilogy, but apparently that’s what it is. Then I figured it out, it’s not the characters that are important, it’s the template on which the films are set. All funny, yes, but usually centered on a pub, a strange and menacing plot, and a bunch of overly-unrealistic but epic fight sequences. Hot Fuzz was the second film in the franchise, and I’m just now getting to it.

So this time around, Simon Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a police officer that really knows how to get the job done. He’s so overly strict about his job that his supervisors send him to the country to be a sergeant and to get out of their hair…seeing how he makes them look bad and all. He is sent to a little town called Sandford. This place hasn’t had a murder in years, but its accident numbers are higher than they should be. This leads to a suspicious Nicholas Angel, as he believes the town is more than it claims to be. Meanwhile, a cloaked figure stalks the town killing off people that Angel and his partner, Danny run into.

No matter what movie this cast is in, they really know how to make an audience laugh. Far too many films these days really have forgotten the key ingredient to humor, which is what I believe to be on-screen chemistry between two friends. It’s realistic in a way, and you sense the real friendship between Pegg and Frost again. However, when it comes to the trilogy has a whole, this would probably have to be my least favorite. It’s not a horrible film, but it’s also not the best. I still rated it pretty highly, but the other films received a much higher score. I’ll try to explain why.

From what I could tell, there’s a couple of reasons why I really like this series. The main reason is that there is usually a really solid plot without even adding anything weird to the table. The plot is set, and the chemistry alone makes us laugh and kills time like nothing else. Then, somewhere down the line something weird, usually paranormal happens, and then a level of action is added to the already set plot. Shaun of the Dead had zombies while The World’s End had robots that weren’t robots. Both creatures were strange, supernatural, and the cast usually went through these huge and hilarious fight sequences. Hot Fuzz more or less had a lot of chase sequences without the implementation of anything supernatural.  What it had was a weird…case for Angel to investigate. This was also cool, but it didn’t possess as much pizazz as the others.

The pacing was also a bit slow. Most of what could be considered epic was saved for the finale. I get that you save the best for last, but there was hardly any tease for it throughout the film as was…so some people may feel as though the movie is a tad slow where it shouldn’t be. This was, of course, a mystery action along with the primary comedy genre, but maybe it was just me, but my expectations for the film left me a tad disappointed in the final project. As it was, the pristine comedic personalities of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are not lost here, and I will watch them in anything.

Hot Fuzz is a good addition to the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, it doesn’t quite come to par with the others, but it is quite an entertaining flick that shouldn’t be missed.


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