Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hot Fuzz (2007)

I just happened to catch the movie Hot Fuzz on last night on one of the cable stations, and was thoroughly entertained by the film. Written by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and directed by Edgar Wright Hot Fuzz is a spoof on the cop genre. Mr Wright is also responsible for the movie Shaun of the Dead which is a spoof of the zombie genre. Wright plays it more tongue in cheek throughout the film, and there are some funny laughs in the film which you don't see coming. The only problem with the film is maybe it's length at 122 minutes. I enjoyed the story, and the set-up, but I do know that sometimes audiences want more laughs and quicker pacing, Maybe that's why it didn't do as well as it should have when the film came out. Yet the soaring, rocking climax of the film more than justifies any pacing issues, and I'll tell you if you're waiting for the explosions and gunfire you won't be disappointed.

All in all I liked this film, and I had a fun time. Simon Peg also wrote the screenplay along with Wright, and he has a ball playing the character of Sgt. Nicholas Angel. There is even some dialogue of typical one-liner's characters say in these types of movies, which is pretty hilarious. Wright also plays a homage to such films as "Bad Boys", and "Point Break". You've got to love a director who knows his material.

If you want to see an effective spoof on the cop-buddy genre this movie wont disappoint. It also has some great performances by Timothy Dalton, Bill Nighy, and Edward Woodward of the old TV series the Equalizer.

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