Hot Fuzz (2007) – Throwback Thursday!

Rated R
Action / Comedy / Mystery
Try pairing with:  Sausage Breakfast Biscuits

Jen’s Rating:  C

I’m not a big fan of British humor and I wasn’t excited at all to watch Hot Fuzz but Jeremy had mentioned that he wanted to watch is a few times. I’m pretty sure he has had me watch it before when we were dating. So, I curl up under his arm with my phone in hand for entertainment while watching this movie.

The movie starts off in London England with a police officer definitely needed in today’s society.  Simon Pegg plays strict police officer Nicholas Angel who is always determined to get his man or any one who is doing things illegal no matter how small the crime.  Nicholas was married to the force causing him to lose his one true love.  If his girlfriend leaving him wasn’t enough, Officer Angel was so good at his job he made everyone including the Met Chief Inspector played by Bill Nighy look bad therefore they moved him to a quiet town in countryside which never reports any crime.

Once he arrives, he is paired with loser officer PC Danny Butterman, played by Nick Frost who only seeks action and constantly asks questions Angel about his time serving the force in London. As they patrol, Nick realizes there is so much crime going on and arrests everyone on minor disturbances.  As he attempts to book them they are all released.  Nicholas Angel quickly realizes there is something much deeper going on.

I’m not going to spoil the ending for you by elaborating on the story.  Although, I did glance at my phone regularly during this film, there were several attention grabbing and funny scenes throughout. Hot Fuzz has a great storyline with some topnotch actors.  I wanted to give Hot Fuzz a D because I do not prefer British humor, which is just my opinion, however, I gave Hot Fuzz a C because if I enjoyed British humor I’d feel this film was an average comedy with nothing spectacular or impressive – seems to be a PVJ (plain vanilla job) to me.

Jeremy’s Rating:  A

This comedy from director Edgar Wright follows Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) as the most effective and decorated member of the Metro Police Department, and his subsequent reassignment to the small town of Sandford in the pastoral British countryside.  This is definitely an assignment he does not want, and is immediately met with a group of bumbling country bumpkins that operate the local police department.  Beginning to see a pattern in some of the more mysterious occurrences in the town, Angel begins to suspect everyone.  After much adjustment, Angel finds a friend in Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), completing the eventual but legendary duo that we remember from Shaun of the Dead, yet another British comedy classic.  Many people consider this a distant second place to that film, but not only do I think it is slightly better, it has a much more developed story, and although it’s of a completely different genre, relies much less on the witty one-liners and banter of the two main characters.

After a decade, watching this film again was still as hilarious as the first time I remember seeing it, and I still even noticed some elements that I didn’t remember from the last few times I had seen it, which was at least seven to eight years ago.  There are subtleties to all the dialogue and different character archetypes that really makes this film click.  Despite not relying completely on the fantastic on-screen relationship between Pegg and Frost, it does still capitalize on that front, as that’s what most people are looking for when choosing to watch this one.  It is also often considered an unofficial ‘sequel’ to Shaun of the Dead, despite it having nothing to do with it at all.

This film stands firm today and I am pretty sure always will, even though some of the jokes are period specific; generally encompassing 1995 to about 2007 when the film was made.  Its writing is still fresh to this day, and the wonderful cast of characters put on a wonderful performance, both in the leads and all of the supporting roles, with some of the best moments coming from the lesser parts.  This is a wonderful comedy film that no one should miss.  Much of it is dry, but that is usually to be expected when jumping into a British comedy, and this does not disappoint.  I thought that after all this time, it may have lost a little bit of its luster and I would have to give it a lower rating than I remember it being so long ago, but it still gets a firm A, and that hasn’t changed.

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