MOVIE: Hot Fuzz (2007)

I loved Shaun of the Dead, 2004’s brilliant “zom-rom-com” (zombie romantic comedy), starring Brits Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  I’ve been wanting to see this film, starring the same two crazy guys, ever since it came out and was excited to finally have the time for it this week.

Hot Fuzz is not QUITE as great as Shaun, but it’s still extremely fun.  It opens in London, where police officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) has been called in by his superiors (hooray, Bill Nighy!) and told he’s being transferred out of the big city and into a small country town in the middle of nowhere.  Not because he’s bad at his job, but instead quite the opposite — Angel’s high arrest rate is making the rest of them look bad and they’d like to get back to twiddling their thumbs and eating doughnuts, posthaste.

Angel is furious at first, but really has no choice but to do what he’s told.  Arriving in the tiny town of Sandford, he’s amazed to find there’s very little real crime — despite the fact all the local coppers, including his new partner Danny Butterman (Frost), are obviously completely incompetent. But things in Sandord don’t stay quiet for long, as Angel soon begins to suspect a series of local accidents are actually murders instead.

Timothy Dalton is surprisingly hilarious in this, playing the town’s shopkeeper who all-too-coincidentally keeps showing up at all the accident scenes blasting songs with oddly-pertinent lyrics from his car radio.  But, as with Shaun of the Dead, Pegg and Frost totally steal the show.  They’re a truly terrific team with great comedic timing and, even better, it’s just so obvious they’re having a great time making movies together that you can’t help but sit back and bask in their happy glow.  I love that.

This is a really entertaining and goofy little movie, and is definitely one to pick up in you’re in the mood for some silly laughs.  Recommended!

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Genre: Comedy
Cast:  Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Jim Broadbent


4 Responses to “MOVIE: Hot Fuzz (2007)”

  1. Alisa Says:

    Yurp! Nerp??

  2. Trip Says:

    There is a universal truth in this movie…if at any time during the show, someone watching says “They had fun making this movie”, then it really can never be labeled bad.

    This one was a riot. The parodies of all the action movie cliches were spot-on, and you know they did it with love. Guns in each hand, slo-mo midair dives, huge unnecessary explosions, thundering end credits, even a gratuitously violent granny takedown…

    Pegg and Frost rock! Pegg’s gonna be Scotty in the upcoming Star Trek prequel, too…

  3. Liz Says:

    I need to see this movie. I LOVED “Shaun of the Dead,” and am psyched that Simon Pegg has been cast as the young Scotty in the new Star Trek movie. For a long time, I was very negative about a Star Trek prequel, but the casting has been so carefully done, and the whole thing seems to have been so well thought out, that I think it will be good. Zachary Quinto is going to make a really good young Spock! And Ben Cross will be a really good Sarek. Hooray for Vulcans! Anyway, sometime, I will try to see “Hot Fuzz.”

  4. megwood Says:

    Yeah, I’m excited about the new “Star Trek” movie as well (J.J. Abrams is directing that one, right?)! I was a little wary of a prequel too, especially considering how awful I thought the “Enterprise” series was. But what I think would be even MORE fun is a new series that’s set at Starfleet Academy. Kind of like “Star Trek” meets “Veronica Mars”! If they got great writers for it, it could be so much fun! And potentially even bring Star Trek to a whole new generation. Unfortunately, if they got BAD writers for it, it could turn out to be “Star Trek” meets “Beverly Hills 90210” instead, which is a little less exciting a prospect. . . Although, now that I think about it, Dylan totally IS Captain Kirk, so maybe that would work too. 😉

    Anyway, definitely rent Hot Fuzz, Liz! I think you will love it!

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