Hot Fuzz (2007)

After the car wreck that was The Avengers, I returned to the list of films leaving HBO Max by May 31st for the next entry in the DailyView and I found a film WAY better than that last piece of rubbish. In fact, Hot Fuzz was a tremendously excellent film.

I do not know what I was expecting with this, but I realized quickly that Hot Fuzz was nowhere near what I thought it was going to be. Hot Fuzz is the middle film, directed by Edgar Wright, in what was referred to as the Cornetto trilogy, and was the final of the three films that I had to see (Shaun of the Dead and At World’s End being the other two). With all due respect to Shaun of the Dead, I do believe that Hot Fuzz is my favorite of the three films.

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) was a hot shot police officer in London who is transferred to the small village of Sandford because he was making the London police look bad by comparison. Once he arrived in Sandford, it appeared as if this was a typical and boring small town, but Angel knew that there was always something going on…even here.

Partnering up with Danny (Nick Frost), the son of Sandford police inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), Angel began to see that some of the tragic “accidents” in the town may not be as accidental as they are being made to appear.

Hot Fuzz is extremely funny, full of surprises and has some deep character development, especially between Angel and Danny. Clearly, the chemistry between Frost and Pegg are what this trilogy is built upon and you do not see it in any more obvious situations as you do in this movie.

There is a great cast of actors involved in this film too. Olivia Colman, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Bill Bailey, Paul Freeman, Timothy Dalton, Edward Woodward, Stephen Merchant, Cate Blanchett, Steve Coogan, Stuart Wilson, Lorraine Hilton are just some of the talents (mostly British) cast that either have supporting roles or cameos in Hot Fuzz.

Hot Fuzz is a spoof on buddy cop movies without being ridiculous or demeaning the material. It is smartly written with a story that takes its fair share of twists and turns and benefits from the comedic talents of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. I am not sure what I was expecting from this, but it surpassed those expectations fully.

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