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Hot Fuzz - directed by Edgar Wright

Wednesday 3 October 2007

British comedy at its best… In fact, British comedy improved!

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have, once again written a completely hilarious/delirious story. Nicholas Angel, the exceedingly good super-cop who shines at everything he undertakes is played by the brilliant Pegg himself. The fact that he is so good begins to attract the attention of his colleagues who begin to feel a little left out and jealous when every London policing award is handed to the blonde haired Angel. The commissioner decides that he needs to be sent to a minor little town where “he is badly needed”. In fact Sandford doesn’t really look like it badly needs any police at all… Until Nicholas Angel begins to be witness to a series of strange accidents and surprising events.

Simon Pegg’s character is paired up with his best friend in real life – Nick Frost. Wright, Frost and Pegg have consistently worked together since they began making the series Spaced. After taking the piss of the world of horror films – which all three actually adore – with Shaun of the Dead, the world of Hollywood action movies is taken on with a passion. Indeed, Hot Fuzz is in every way an improvement on Lethal Weapon and the likes, yet almost every scene is source of laughter.

The writers deserve a lot of credit for their imagination but the editing tricks and filming techniques are the works of Edgar Wright, a director of true talent. Fanatics of Shaun of the Dead or Spaced will not be disappointed. What is more, Hot Fuzz is in keeping with a long-standing tradition in the world of British humour. Actors from other series, writers from other shows are present in the film: from Martin Freeman of Extras and Bill Nighy of HG2G to Bill Bailey of Black Books. The film is a lot of fun to watch precisely because the viewer can see it was so much fun to make.


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