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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The juxtaposition between an Ealing-like satire on the quaint conservative values of village life & the overblown action & posturing of a Hollywood cop movie is clever (but not intelligent); drawing laughs from the inherent incompatibility of its two forms. Further nods to a Wicker Man-style rural horror & the machinations of the Giallo only add to the sense of fun & enjoyment, which is elevated by the eclectic cast.
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.
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.
Was quite underwhelmed by the pic in 2007 finding it inferior to the earlier 'Shaun of the Dead." Five years on I stand corrected. This is far superior in execution, story and genre satire. Cast is a true who's who of UK cult stardom and excel here wholeheartily. Wright and Pegg's script truly understands the genre its sending up. Sometimes first impressions can be so wrong.
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.