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le 5 août 2007
His superiors being jealous of his perfect record, Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is transferred from London to the seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. There he meets his new partner, Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), the witless son of the police chief. A series of shocking accidents upsets the village, and Angel is certain that the village is not what it seems.
Brilliant acting, well-directed.
Yes, some scenes at the end are gruesome, but they are well done and quite funny.
Filled with car chases, gun fights, explosive bodies, this is a hilarious comedy.
(Many thanks to a friend for recommending this movie to me; I wouldn't have watched it otherwise, and would have missed on a great British film.)
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le 15 février 2008
One of the funniest send-ups of the action hero that I have ever seen. Top-cop of London, Nicholas Angel, is transferred to a sleepy English village because he is too good a cop. Thereupon he encounters many grisly deaths which the rest of the local police service consider "accidents". Whoever penned this script has a very warped and wonderful sense of humour. As the English might say, "Spot on!".
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le 6 février 2008
Nicholas Angel is the metropolitan polices best and most commended officer. In fact he is so good that the whole of the met wants rid of him as he is showing everyone else up. The solution is that he is transferred to a quiet colloquial village. However, once there, Angel gets a bit than he bargained for as he discovers that this village has a very high number of freak accidents. Are these gruesome deaths just mere coincidence or is there something more sinister afoot.
Hot Fuzz is the much anticipated follow up to Shaun of the Dead. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright collaborate again to bring us a movie that is entertaining and wickedly funny. Hot Fuzz is full of the abstract and dark humour that we have come to expect from this pairing and unlike other British teams who have had a major hit Stateside it is not peopled with big US box office draws. It's success is due to a witty script and good performances (although it does have it share of stars - the cast list reads like a who's who in British Comedy). The only minor criticisms I would have would be that at times the humour unlike Shaun of the dead the taken to it's basest level and the running time is little bit overlong (comedies should just not be much more than 90 mins - it gets a bit dull after awhile).
All in all Hot Fuzz is a laugh out loud comedy gem with another brilliantly oafish performance by Nick Frost.
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le 14 octobre 2007
Great comedy, not really what I expected but I mean that in a good way. It's a spoof of cop movies, yes, but has a very well constructed story throughout, focusing on a murder mystery in a small british town. The highlight of the movie is the cop's vigilante spree near the end of the movie, must be seen to be believed. Rent it if you liked Shaun of the Dead or british comedy in general.
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Director Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg have proven that lightning can strike twice with their 2007 comedy "Hot Fuzz." As was the case with "Shaun of the Dead," they are following in the grand tradition of Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks in "Young Frankenstein" by embracing the genre they are spoofing and taking everything that happens dead seriously, which is what makes it hysterical. Plus, once again Pegg and his sidekick Nick Frost have created characters that have heart, so that we care about them as well as laughing at their antics (of everything that happened in "Shaun of the Dead" the part I remember most is Shaun being upset over the fate of his mother). So when we get to the final act of "Hot Fuzz" and the film actually slips into an even higher gear, we get to root them on all that harder.
This time around Pegg is Sergeant Nicholas Angel, a guy who is no bumbling Inspector Closseau. In fact, Sergeant Angel is so competent that his bosses want to get rid of him because he is making everybody else in the police service look bad. So Angel is banished to Sanford, a perfect little English village supposedly devoid of crime. Of course Angel finds cause to arrest just about everybody he runs into, only to be informed by his new boss, Inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), that they look at things differently in Sanford. Everybody is town speaks of "the Greater Good," and it seems that we are being set up for your standard story about a hard core true believer learning that the spirit of the law is as important as the letter of the law. Angel is partnered with PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), and we have the requisite pair for the buddy part of the picture and it looks like all of the pieces are in place.
However, there is something rotten in the village of Sanford, personified by Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton), the local rich guy. There might not be any crime in Sanford, but there sure are a lot of accidents and Angel quickly figures out that these suspicious accidents might be sneaky murders. The payoff for this whole bit is most decidedly English in nature, which is part of what makes it so funny, especially when old hands like Billie Whitelaw and Edward Woodward are playing some of the eccentric characters. I do not know what the record is for most cuts in a film, but with "Hot Fuzz" film editor Chris Dickens has got to be in the running. This movie is not just cut like an action film, it is cut like an action film on speed, which becomes another part of the fun. An hour into this film I thought there was only a half-hour left, but it turned out we were only halfway through this entertaining film. As for what I shall remember most from this action comedy, it would have to be the fate of the villain Skinner and one of the more memorable "boy, that has got to hurt" moments of all time.
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I couldn't help but to laugh throughout this film. The beginning of Hot Fuzz presents us with a cop called Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) who has the best arrest record in his station (400% better to be exact). But while in America this would be a cause for admiration and pats on the back, here it's bad form. He's making everyone else look bad. So therefore he's sent to the country, to a place that has no crime and a place that has won the village of the year competition. Which he later found himself bored in and became part of a ragtag police force... umm... service and teamed up to a childlike Police Constable Danny Butterman (Frost). Their differences take most of the first half of the movie and just turn out to be hilarious. The later parts consist of gruesome deaths and action packed gun fights which blended very well with the story line. Also, what I found funny here are the reasons behind the deaths of some locals which are very ridiculous compared to a more logical explanation rendered by Angel (well illogical deaths happen a lot in slasher films... correct me if I'm wrong). Though the film took two hours but the unlikely duo will not disappoint you, their mere presence makes the movie entertaining.
Some of the funniest scenes occurs quite early in the movie. The plot if is rather silly, too crazy to be true. Though it serves well since its a parody in the first place. But the portrayal of these British actors makes the film believable. They have filled it with so many distinguishable actors that contributed very nicely for the greater good of the film.
Aside from the main characters, my personal favorites is the baritone-voiced Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton) and the jolly yet creepy Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent... he acts so natural that something in him makes me believe that he was one of my past bosses. Plus only few movies can manage to make likable villains. However, despite the wonderful parodying and the enjoyable action-comedy, there's something lacking in this film, and I think it's a matter of heart. The characters do develop and grow and we see glimpses of the same heart that we saw in its predecessor, but it's all been glossed and the film, I think concentrates a little too much on the parody, the action and the comedy and just a tad too little on the relationship between Nick and Danny. That's not to say it's not believable that they are friends, but it's just not the core of the film. I think that's what made "Shaun" very strong, on top of the comedy and homage. Hot Fuzz doesn't center in on it, more centering on the action and the homage than the buddy and loses a little because of it. Nonetheless, it's highly enjoyable, especially for movie lovers and I still recommend it as a high mark in buddy action comedies, even as a parody.