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PostSubject: Hot Fuzz (2007)   Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:50 pm

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg first worked together in 1995 on a TV series called Six Pairs of Pants, they would work together again a year later on Asylum, which was broadcast on Paramount Comedy, and was co-written by Wright and future Little Britain star David Walliams. Their big break came in 1999, when they did Spaced, a sitcom "made by geeks, for geeks", broadcast on Channel 4. Which was written by and starred Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, (who worked with Wright and Pegg on Six Pairs of Pants). The show became a cult hit, and they found a part for their friend Nick Frost, who was working as a waiter at the time. With the success of Spaced behind them, Wright and Pegg teamed up to Shaun of the Dead (2004), a rom-zom-com which made history, it proved the British are still good at doing comedy and that we can do well with horror too. With their feet now in the film world, where could they go from there, the answer proved to be simple, take another genre!! Which is what they've done with Hot Fuzz, it's a bang-for-your-buck action film, done with the humour that made their previous effort so hilarious. I'm glad to say it works, big time!! Very Happy

It has Pegg as PC Nicholas Angel of the Metropolitan Police, who is better than any of the other cops on the force. So, he's "re-assigned", to the sleepy West Country village of Sandford. Working under the command of Inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), he is teamed up with Frank's oafish, but loveable son Danny (Nick Frost). Danny loves his action films, and believes Nicholas could be a real "Bad Boy", but in a place like this, there's not much action, until a series of "fatal accidents", raise Angel's suspicions, but the villagers don't think much of it.

There's one word to describe this film, Fan-fucking-tastic!! Very Happy Wright and Pegg have done it again!! Whilst it might not be as good as Shaun, it definitely is worth seeing!! have done their homework with this one, creating a great script, referencing and homaging action films from Point Break to Bad Boys 2. Plus, it's full of quotable lines too!! Even putting one from He-Man to good use!! ("By the power of Greyskull!!") We see Pegg playing the straight man to Frost, who holds the film with emotion and very good humour.

The film is also crammed with the very best of British talent, from comedians such as Bill Bailey and Steve Coogan, to fine actors such from Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy. With Timothy Dalton making a fine turn as Simon Skinner, manager of the local Somerfield, with a moustache that makes him look like Prince Barin in Flash Gordon all over again. There's also Edward Woodward, Paddy Considine and Paul Freeman, yes Rene Belloq from Raiders of the Lost Ark, as the Reverend!!



If you know your action films, then you'll love this one!! Wright and Pegg had a huge weight on their shoulders, to follow up Shaun, but they've succeeded. Like Shaun, it changes mood in the last third, becoming like a climax of a big Hollywood action film. I'm sure directors Tony Scott and Michael Bay will be pleased with what Wright has done. Even though it's still early, this has potential to be the best film of the year, if not, the best British film anyways. It's got a good mixture of action and some laugh out loud moments of comedy. Pegg and Frost make a wonderful comedy duo, Wright deserves every success for the future, in fact, he's off to Hollywood for his next one, doing Ant-Man for Paramount Pictures. Maybe he could find parts for Pegg and Frost... Wink
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