Nicholas Angel is the finest police officer London has to offer. He’s so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a place where his talents won’t be quite so embarrassing, the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford.
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Wright's genius is at proof here, in his reliance on visuals rather than dialogue (even if his and Pegg's writing IS brilliant) to create comedy. In the way people and objects enter and leave the frame, the recurrence of situations, witty editing, his characters' wholly serious behaviour, and the use of the police-thriller elements. Even if you ignore the comedy, Hot Fuzz is better than all the films it references.
This is what would happen if you mixed Point Break and Bad Boys 2 and turned it into a Agatha Christie novel and then gave it to Edgar Wright to adapt into a movie with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as the action stars.
You could never write off "Hot Fuzz" as a simple spoof. The satire is biting and hilarious, of course -- but it's bold, bloody, funny and action-packed enough in its own right to make it a real treat for genre fans. I love it for that.
Just like the order of their releases, Hot Fuzz is the second best installment in Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy. The pleasures in this film are small. Every image, scene, and montage has something hilarious buried within it, making repeat viewings more interesting. It's unfortunate that Hot Fuzz takes forever to get anywhere. This is a movielover's love letter to action cop thrillers, and nothing else.