Friday Film Review: Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Genre: police/action movie spoof
Okay, did everyone take my advice last October and watch “Shaun of the Dead?” Because here’s another movie from the same crew that spoofs just about every police movie ever made. Again, don’t worry if you haven’t seen the spoofies. I haven’t and had a blast watching the film anyway. So “bring the noise” and “punch that shit.” “Yarp.”
Constable Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is making the Metropolitan Police Service look bad. His awards, commendations, extra training, rapport with the man on the street and exemplary arrest record are showing up the rest of the service and making everyone look like slackers. So the decision is made to promote him to Sergeant and farm him out to a rural village – Sandford, a model village. Despite his protests, the deal is done and he and his Japanese Peace Lily head out to Gloustershire.
Once there, he begins his new job and faces the disdain of the other police officers who think he thinks he’s too good for them and their small village. But things begin to happen. Soon after Angel arrives, people begin dying. The local police dismiss the deaths as accidents but Angel thinks differently. Can he get his fellow officers to believe him and back him up before it’s too late?
There’s no love interest for Pegg this time around so the film is almost entirely a bromance between Angel and Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) whose love of police movies and questioning of Angel (“Have you ever shot two guns while diving through the air?”) almost drives Angel mad. Since the other officers think Angel is bonkers to believe the deaths are murders, Danny is soon Angel’s only friend. There’s a great scene of the two of them watching films from Danny’s impressive police movie DVD collection after bonding over lagers at the local pub.
I don’t want to spoil the outcome of the film but listen closely to the dialogue and you’ll get clues of what’s to come in this model village where everyone works for The Greater Good. Also check out the music which is wonderful including Adam Ant’s “Goody Two Shoes” played over a montage of Angel’s overachieving actions in London. “That’s what I’m talking about.”
There are so many funny scenes in the film including a spoof of the fence jumping in “Shaun of the Dead,” a runway Swan!, a fruit attack, two blokes and a fuckload of cutlery, plus a timely application of a Japanese Peace Lily to bring down a villain. Watch for a ton of great actors including Timothy Dalton in a smarmy looking mustache.
The violence level is high, including a final scene in the model village that makes me cringe whenever I watch the film. But the laugh level is even higher and this is another film I knew I had to buy a copy of as soon as I’d seen it. Maybe it’s not quite as good as “SotD” but I’d still give it a B+
One question though: What makes a juggler crusty?