British humor seems esoteric by nature; to be understood and appreciated by the Brits themselves. Well here is a movie that is British through and through but can make anyone laugh; thanks to the send ups and homage it pays to American shoot em up classics such as "Dirty Harry," "Lethal Weapon" and "The Untouchables," among others.
"Hot Fuzz" is a risible film that tells a story ringing true to life. No matter how good ones intentions are: Nobody likes a showboat. If you continually outdo everyone else; then everyone else doesnt want to be with you. That is exactly what happens to Police Officer Nicholas Angel.
Simon Pegg who co wrote this script with Edgar Wright plays the altruistic, anal retentive, by-the-book police sergeant. So overly competent is he that his coworkers have the champagne poured and the glasses raised as Sergeant Angel is given his transfer orders to the sedate town of Sanford.
"Hot Fuzz" refers, in particular, to unlikely partners, Officers Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman. Yes, the same popular duo who starred in Britains Comedy/Horror spoof Shaun of the Living Dead aka Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Once again they bring a compatibility and rhythm that is irresistible. Simon as Sergeant Angel is athletic and agile compared to Nick Frosts bumbling Constable Butterman.
Add that chemistry to the supporting cast of characters and a keep you guessing storyline and you have an entertaining film with hidden sight gags and a few of Britains finest cameo appearances. (Hint: guess which character Cate Blanchett plays.)
This is an action-packed, go-with-a-buddy movie. A crash 'em! Smash 'em! Stab 'em! Shoot 'em up! It's a showdown! You name it, and this film probably has it. Perhaps that is the only complaint. So many scenes driving home a point make for a very long movie. Warning to parents: there is an extreme amount of gratuitous, graphic violence. Pairing down those scenes and bringing the movie in at less than its 121 minute time frame would have made it more entertaining and less tedious.
All in all Hot Fuzz is good for laughs.
Rating: Three Chic Stars
Jans Movie Rating System:
5 – Top notch entertainment
4 – Compelling, Heartwarming, Thrilling, Comical
3 – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
2 – If you are bored watch it, or wait for DVD
1 – Dont bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasé, an enigma.