Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg (Screenplay)
Starring: Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Robert Popper, Joe Cornish, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine
Plot: Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents.
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Verdict: Basic Action Comedy
Story: Hot Fuzz starts when successful police officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) gets shipped to a small village to work by his superiors. He is sent to stop the making the rest of the force looking bad. Upon reaching the village he instantly gets to work trying to clean up the problems including underage drinking, drink driving and public urination.
Nicholas has to work with slacker officer Danny Butterman (Frost) who dreams of action side of the job. Nicholas discovers the crime rate is high but no one wants to report them and Simon Skinner (Dalton) seems to have a hold everything going on in the town. When a mysterious killer starts picking people off Nicholas has to work Danny to solve the crime.
Hot Fuzz does have the good introduction to an odd couple always good in cop films and especially when it comes to the idea of copying the iconic moment in other films. The story does have a good mystery but the final reveal feels very flat but does build up to the final act that comes off really well. On the negative side I do think the first half is the film is very slow and could easily be a lot shorter. 2 hours long is way too long for an action comedy that doesn’t kick off till final 30 minutes or so.
Simon Pegg: Nicholas Angel is the big city police officer who gets sent to a small village because he is too good at fighting crime. He must work with a group of officers who have no real idea how to fight crime as a serial killer is picking off the members of the village. Simon gives a good performance and unlike any performance you have seen because he is straight faced throughout.
Nick Frost: PC Danny Butterman is the slacker officer who has to work with Nicholas on the case which will bring the two together. He is the complete opposite to Nicholas which adds to the comedy. Nick works well with Simon to add the comedy.
Jim Broadbent: Inspector Frank Butterman is the inspector of the village who lets Nicholas do his own thing while also keeping control of his moves. Jim does a good job but doesn’t really do enough for what his character really is.
Timothy Dalton: Simon Skinner is the rich man running the shopping centre in the village, he always tries to become friends with Nicholas, he turns up at all the crime scenes and comes off very smug about everything going on. Timothy really does shine in this film making everything look very realistic for the creepy rich person in town.
Support Cast: Hot Fuzz has a good supporting cast that is filled with cameos that all work really well and all make them feel individual.
Director Review: Edgar Wright – Edgar continues to show he has a style of comedy that is popular that can mix with a range of genres here.
Action: Hot Fuzz is very slow for action until the final 30 minutes or so.
Comedy: Hot Fuzz has basic laughs for what I enjoy with most being set up to be moments from over films.
Settings: Hot Fuzz having this story in a small town works because we see how it gets effected with what happens in the action.
Special Effects: Hot Fuzz has good effects for the kills being used throughout the film.
Suggestion: Hot Fuzz is one to try if you like their style of comedy you will enjoy this one. (Try It)
Best Part: Action sequences at the end.
Worst Part: Too long.
Action Scene Of The Film: Final 30 minutes.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $23 Million
Budget: $8 Million
Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute
Tagline: In a town where nothing much goes on, a whole lot is about to go down
Overall: Solid action comedy that is very particular in the audience it is trying to attract.