Movie Review – Hot Fuzz – Dark, dark DARK!

Hot Fuzz

Nicholas Angel is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He’s so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a place where his talents won’t be quite so embarrassing — the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. Once there, he is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman. The son of amiable Police Chief Frank Butterman, Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes his new big-city partner might just be a real-life “bad boy,” and his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases he so longs for.

Following in the vein of Shaun of the Dead (SOTD) another black comedy from the same gang with a few other familiar faces like Timothy Dalton (James Bond remember?).

It’s gone straight into the top #250 at #135 on IMDB!

I don’t think it did very well in the movies here, people don’t seem to be such fans of dark British comedies like this, if you like stuff like The League of Gentlemen you’ll love movies like this.

Most people wouldn’t get the in-jokes, the poking at Hollywood movies and the mountain of movie geek references. I think you have to watch this movie 2-3 times to get them all.

Weird, odd, gory, funny, stupid and black like tar.

It’s pretty much a crazy movie, with a ridiculous plot, a lot of recognisable faces (only if you are from UK or a fan of UK drama/comedy shows though) and a wicked fast pace.

There was some serious actors used and they did really well, it’s a non-stop movie and has visual gags too if the subtle humour is too deceiving.

I have to say though on first watch I definitely enjoyed SOTD more.

I’ll surely watch Hot Fuzz again though.

I didn’t know what the movie was about when watching it and had no preconceptions, I’d just heard a few people mention it in the same sentence as SOTD…and it’s British so it must be good :P

Simon Pegg nailed it again as Nicholas Angel the supercop.

Simon Pegg - Hot Fuzz

Basically the movie is like Midsummer Murders + Bad Boys 2, you are kept guessing “Who dunnit?”

And the pace is nice, it doesn’t start out as sharply as SOTD, but it certainly gets moving after 20 minutes or so.

If you enjoyed SOTD, you’ll love this.

If you like black comedy, you’ll love this.

Definitely worth a watch, especially if you are dying for something different.

I’d give it a spike through the chin – 8/10.

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13 Responses to Movie Review – Hot Fuzz – Dark, dark DARK!

  1. Dabido July 23, 2007 at 5:08 pm #

    ‘If you enjoyed SOTD, you’ll love this.’

    Kewl! Sounds like I’ll love this.

  2. RU5H July 24, 2007 at 1:57 am #

    “…and it’s British so it must be good” *Cough* otherwise a funny movie.. :)

  3. The MovieBuff July 24, 2007 at 1:51 pm #

    I saw this movie a couple of months back on DVD….I really liked it – 120 mins of mindless action and uproarious laughs. Definitely better than SOTD.

  4. acidict July 24, 2007 at 11:25 pm #

    Watched it n liked it. Guess i’ll love SOTD too (when i can get hold of the movie) :P

  5. nyg July 25, 2007 at 3:10 am #

    “P.I. Staker?! PISS TAKER! COME ON!”

    Heh, absolutely classic.

  6. easyriderlovescs July 25, 2007 at 8:22 pm #

    i haven’t watched it yet, but is it in the likes of trainspotting and the full monty?

    i also recommend the wog boy, it is an australian movie starring nick giannopoulous and abi tucker, shot in melbourne australia, absolutely hilarious, it is a movie about australian greeks, australian italians, dole bludgers, being on the dole, unemployment…

  7. ShaolinTiger July 30, 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    Dabido: I think you’ll definitely enjoy it! Check it out when you get chance.

    RU5H: Hehe, you disagree?

    The MovieBuff: Hilarious eh?

    acidict: Dude you are in Penang…home of ‘movies’.

    nyg: Haha yeah some great lines in the movie.

    easyriderlovescs: Not really, trainspotting is more drama, full monty is straight comedy, this is black comedy. It’s definitely along the lines of Shawn of the Dead :) Will see if I can find that.

  8. acidict August 1, 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    True that .. but i’m a cheap pirate :P I download … anyway i’ve finished downloading that movie already and i like it :D I just love British movies :D

  9. ShaolinTiger August 6, 2007 at 11:50 pm #

    acidict: Hehe good eh, seems they are a bit slow coming out at the moment though.

  10. Suet November 1, 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    Comment came a bit late, but I must tell you I can’t decide which I like better, HF or SOTD! I watched this like, 3X in the theatres. <3 Simon Pegg.

  11. Eric February 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    This is really late… but oh well…
    I was lookin for movies Paddy Considine acted in and came across this movie. Good watch alright! :)
    Can’t get enough of these Brit productions. Anyone knows if we’ll be seeing more of Emily Howard and crew?

  12. ShaolinTiger February 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    Suet: SOTD definately better for me

    Eric: Little Britain? Not sure, UK series tend to run for 3 seasons – they don’t wear the idea out by stretching it on too long. There’s a new one called The All-together – it’s not very good though.

  13. Eric March 1, 2008 at 2:01 am #

    Yeah, I guess all good things come to an end eventually :) The other classic which I’m a big fan of is Only Fools and Horses.