Hot Fuzz is the perfect parody of every cop action movie ever made. It works on many levels with its flawless, fast-paced editing and writing. What director Edgar Wright amazingly achieved with a measly budget of 8 million pounds, was a film that sends up every action movie cliché in the genre while still delivering a fresh story filled to the bone with detail. Hot Fuzz cannot be fully taken in on a single viewing simply because there are so many little details that make a joke funnier or add to a character. This rewatchability is a common trait among Edgar Wright films.
Police constable Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), is London’s top cop but upon a promotion to the rank of sergeant, he relocated to the fictional quiet country town of Stanford to stop making the rest of the police service in London look bad. Angel is partnered up with the clueless Dannie Butterman (Nick Frost) who constantly links Angel’s job to the action movie lifestyle. However, what seemed like a quiet country town soon changes as Angel discovers an alarmingly high rate of accidental deaths in the idyllic village town that leads him to question whether Stanford is as innocent a town as it seems.
I highly recommend this film to anyone. It is probably not suitable for a family film due to the violence and profanity but I reckon it is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Hot Fuzz is also one of my personal favourite films of all time, made by one of my favourite filmmakers of all time. What I love about it, and every Edgar Wright film, is its rewatchablilty. I’ve seen Hot Fuzz over a thousand times but when watching it during movie society, I still found myself laughing out loud at the jokes and noticing new details about the movie that I hadn’t previously. Although at first glance, Hot Fuzz comes off as another buddy-cop comedy, but when you actually watch it, the level of skill and accuracy that goes into every shot in the entire movie is astounding. Not only do I recommend Hot Fuzz, but I recommend anyone to watch every Edgar Wright film.
Review by Max