Saturday, August 4, 2007

Hot Fuzz

First, if you haven't seen Shaun of the Dead, stop what you're doing and either add it to your Netflix or Blockbuster list or go out and rent it. AFTER you've seen Shaun of the Dead can you really appreciate Hot Fuzz, the 2007 offering from the creators of Shaun. They have nothing in common except an appreciation for funny slayings and the lead actor (Simon Pegg), as well as a kind of hilarity that is both smart and potty-esque at the same time. Hot Fuzz is the story of a top London police officer promoted to a rural post (to get him out of the city and stop making the others look bad). His high-tech skills and virtual paranoia about law-breaking annoy most of the rural cops and residents, but he slowly starts to fit in. However, all kinds of "accidents" start happening and he begins to uncover something I wouldn't ruin (also you have to see it to believe it). But believe me that it's worth every second. Pegg's partner (Nick Frost, also from Shaun) Danny, is obsessed with his hipper partner's background and can't believe he hasn't seen Point Break or Bad Boys II. The final scenes of the movie are an homage (or rip-off) of all the great cop dramedies. I highly recommend this (but only after you've seen Shaun, trust me.)


Cat said...

Ooh, I'm so psyched this was good! I love Shaun of the Dead and always get a kick out of seeing actors from that movie in other stuff. Do cop movies offer as fun a send-up as zombie movies do?

Jess said...

It does a better job of mocking some of them - particularly Point Break and Bad Boys II. There are a few others you can see. I read a review the describes their ability to fully achieve the "homoerotic" nature of buddy cop movies.

The Curmudgeon said...

I've seen this twice now - I LOVE it! Probably the best two hours I've spent this year.