Production company: StudioCanal
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Peter Wight, Martin Freeman
Over-achieving London police officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is reassigned to the quiet country village of Sandford because, frankly, none of the other officers in London can touch Angel's ambition and he's making the rest of the police force look bad! Angel has a rough time adjusting to the quiet breed of crime in Sandford - petty shoplifters, tracking down a lost swan - and an even harder time adjusting to his idiot partner Danny Butterman (Frost). But when a series of murders shake the village and a creepy grocer rubs Angel the wrong way, it's time to blow this case wide open and find out what sinister secret Sandford is hiding!
Feeling like Shaun of the Dead meets Let's Be Cops, Hot Fuzz was a hilarious thrill ride that I totally wasn't expecting!! I knew that Shaun of the Dead was the first movie in a trilogy that starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, called The Cornetto Trilogy - I prefer The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy but that's just me! - alongside Hot Fuzz, and The World's End but what I didn't expect was for Hot Fuzz to be so drastically different from Shaun of the Dead, but also so similar at the same time! I had all these movies pegged as gory horror-comedies...but that's far from the truth! Shaun of the Dead focus on the horror, Hot Fuzz is an action-comedy, and The World's End caps off the series as a science fiction-comedy! What a fun range! But of all three movies, Hot Fuzz is totally my favorite.
The first thing I initially loved about this movie was Simon Pegg. Not just because Simon Pegg is wonderful in all things he does, but because he's such a different character than I'm used to seeing! I'm used to Simon Pegg being mild-mannered, slightly hysterical, and generally very silly and funny. In Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg is the action hero! He's leaping over cars, tossing out cheesy action movie one-liners, he's toting a gun! I thought it would be weird but I like Simon Pegg as an action hero! I can't say much about Nick Frost because he's still playing the bumbling idiot character I'm accustomed to thanks to Shaun of the Dead. But Simon Pegg completely stole the show!
It's weird seeing Simon Pegg being a badass, but he totally did it!!
Aside from Simon Pegg's amazing-ness, I was so in love with the plot! Most cop movies go in an opposite direction where the big fish is moved from his small pond and get's swallowed up by the big city. But in this movie, our hero is now chasing swans through parks! Hilarious! Now, just because this is an action comedy doesn't mean that we've left everything from the previous movie in the past - this movie is shockingly gory and gross! The murders are gruesome, explosive, and gooey! We get blood, guts, and gore alongside our action! Such a perfect combination! I loved that this movie took so many different elements - action, gore, comedy - and wove them into the most perfect movie. I loved every second and laughed like crazy! Hot Fuzz is excellent!
These boys and their swan are bringing the pain!
Hot Fuzz gets a 5 OF 5 must own for fans of action movies or cop movies that also have an uproarious sense of humor baked in. The main reason I watched Hot Fuzz was because I own a copy of The World's End, which I've never seen, and wanted to get prepared and also cross this trilogy off of my To-Watch List. Now I am fully prepared - bring on The World's End!