Review of “Hot Fuzz” (2007) R 121min on HD DVD
December 26th, 2007 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 4,245 Views
This is a surprisingly very funny cop-buddy comedy from creators of Shaun of the Dead (2004), director Edgar Wright who co-wrote thr script with Simon Pegg, who starred as main character in both movies. There are no big special effects, but all movies look better in HD. Probably for that reason this movie was released on dual-format disk: one side is regular standard definition DVD and the other side is HD DVD.
The plot: Sgt. Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is an exceptional cop. He is so outstanding, in fact, that he had become a nusence for his coleagues in London: he’s so good he makes everyone else look bad. For his achivements his captain and Chief Inspector (Bill Nighy) of his department decided to “promote” him to a small village of Sandford far away from the capital. But he is so dedicated he got to work of lawman even before he officially went on duty, which immediately made him subject of jokes. At first the village seams crime-free and peaceful, until bodies of two decapitated actors are discovered. Angel is investigating the case, but more people turn up dead. He is paired with Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), sun of Sandford’s chief of police, who countlessly questions him on the action lifestyle because he’s dreaming of becoming a cop from American action movies – he wants to be Keanu Reeves from Point Break and loves Bad Boys II. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found decapitated. It is address to as an accident, but Angel isn’t going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent “accidents”.
The good: it’s funny and stylish from the start. Enjoyed the crew of Shaun Of The Dead again. The cast is perfect for this movie. Even every face of the actor is matching the characters and have almost cartoonish looks: they look like they are from “Wallace and Gromit”. A lot of famous actors are in this movie, including Timothy Dalton, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman (Breaking and Entering, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Shaun of the Dead, The Office, Love Actually etc.). The bonding between Angel and Danny was fun to watch. The cinematography is very stylish and entertaining. Also, just like in “Shaun”, Pegg’s character is trying to tell his girlfriend everything, but never gets a chance. Also, the idea that the most of the trouble starts in quiet villages might actually be true, particularly those vilage cults and conspiracies. And Danny actually got to shoot someone – good for him. The shootout between cops and the villagers was hillarious.
The bad: I don’t really know what to complain about. I suppose I was disapointed that a lot of good jokes were exposed in the teaser trailers.
The verdict: a five-star slapstick comedy, although the style of this comedy in particular is an acquired taste: it’s like watching animation, but with live actors.
HD-DVD features and extras: funny outtakes, theatrical trailers, “The Man Who Would Be Fuzz” (I don’t know what it was, some sort of a goof), Hot Funk (The TV version – the makers of the film are contractually obligated to provide a TV version with softer language – it’s funny too), Danny’s Notebook: the other side – in the movie Danny shows Nicholas an animation he created in his police notebook, but doesn’t show the toon on the flipside of the notebook. Here it is), Audio Commentaries about The Sandfor Police Force and Sandford village people, trivia, storyboards, deleted scenes, a documentary about making the movie, video blog entries, featurettes, photo galleries, plot holes, comparisons and specials effects, and Edgar Wright’s first cop movie of 1993 called “Dead Right” he made when he was just 18 years old.
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