Welcome to a new Dr Film, film review. today I shall be reviewing 'Hot Fuzz' written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, and directed by Edgar Wright
'Hot Fuzz' was released in the UK on the 14th of February 2007 and was released in the USA on the 20th of April 2007.
SPOILER ALERT: In all of my reviews, there's going to be spoilers. If you haven't seen 'Hot Fuzz' yet and you don't want it to be spoiled, I recommend you read this a bit later.
This is the first film, I have reviewed that stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The two of them have done a few films together, stuff like 'Paul', 'Shaun of the Dead' and their new film 'World's End' which will be out later this year.
'Hot Fuzz' was the second time that these two actors paternerd up to do a film together, and since 'Shaun of the Dead' got such a great reaction, from the viewers and the critics, the states were high for 'Hot Fuzz' and people weren't too sure wither or not it was going to meet up to their expectations.
However, speaking as a viewer who loves Simon Pegg and Nick Frost movies, I really enjoyed 'Hot Fuzz'. the story was great, good characters, it was really funny, lots of nice jokey moments, some dark, spooky elements, heavy action sequences, lots of running about. It was in all fairness a very good film, but speaking as a viewer who loved 'Run fat boy, run' I don't think 'Hot Fuzz' cut the mustard in comparison to a light comedy such as 'Run fat boy, run' which was in some cases so much better.
The Story is basically about a top of the chart, London Police Officer, PC Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) who is good at his job. Some might argue too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking like a bunch of idiots, his department reassigns him to the quiet village of Sandford.
It is there he is paired up with Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle of being a police officer. Everything seems too quiet for Angel, until he finds that two actors were found decapitated on the road, believed to have died in a car crash.
The whole thing is called to be 'an accident', but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people in the village turn up dead. Angel and Danny then start to clash with everyone in the village, as they try to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent "accidents".
As I said earlier 'Hot Fuzz' is a very good film, to give it credit. It's well written, well acted, some could argue not as best directed as it could have been. But in all fairness, the plot was funny,dark,spooky and so overtly bloody that the viewer knows not to take it so seriously.
There are some lovely guest actors coming in to play parts, people like 'Jim Broadbent', 'Timothy Doltan','Oliva Coleman','Martin Freeman','Bill Bailey' and 'Bill Nighy'. all of which give a very fantastic performance. was very pleased with the guest cast, nice to see a few familiar faces to brighten up the story a little bit.
I thought the casting of the village, was really well chosen. I don't know what the village that was chosen was called, but still I thought it set the mood brilliantly and gave the whole thing a sense of place, so well done to the director on choosing such an elaborate place to set a very humorous, yet very dark story.
I really liked 'Simon Pegg' as 'Nicholas Angel' because Simon Pegg is a fantastic actor and script writer. he's definitely in my top 10 actors. I think he brought a sense of seriousness to the role, but was very funny at the same time.
I also enjoyed seeing 'Nick Frost' as 'Danny Butterman'. I thought he was really good, especially seeing as he was playing a character whose skills were a bit limited. but then again he wasn't stupid, his character of Danny just tends to learn from hard hitting police movies such as 'Point Break' and 'Bad Boys 2'.
I think my favourite scene in the film is were Nick and Danny sit down at Danny's and watch 'Point Break' and 'Bad Boys 2' back to back, whilst someone is getting blown up. I'm not saying that's the best scene in the film. but it's my favourite. Because it shows a lot of humour, a lot of character development, with something very sinister happening as well.
In a nutshell 'Hot Fuzz' isn't too bad. It's watchable. I'd recommend it to people who haven't seen it yet to watch it.
I'm going to award 'Hot Fuzz' a 7/10
1 Gold Star to Simon Pegg
Thank you for reading this review
Next Time - I will review Tom Burton's 'Sweeny Todd' movie musical. starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
I will post that review, on Thursday the 13th of June 2013.