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Hot Fuzz
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by William Goss

"Noise Brought"
5 stars

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, the creative dynamos behind 2004ís possibly perfect rom-zom-com, 'Shaun of the Dead,' have triumphantly returned with 'Hot Fuzz,' an ever-affectionate send-up of American action fare.

Londonís most superb sergeant, Nicholas Angel (Pegg), finds himself relocated to the sleepy hamlet of Sandford after his consistently exceptional performance Ė he has a 400% arrest record Ė threatens to eclipse that of the entire metropolitan police force (er, service). He is swiftly shipped off to the safest village in the country Ė the ideal environment that has zero use for his prowess Ė and finds himself surrounded by the slightly shifty town elders and the doltish types of the Sandford police department. Paired up with the chiefís son, the inept but eager constable Danny Butterman (Frost), Angelís suspicions begin to mount as a series of gruesome deaths are all too willingly written off by the entire town as mere accidents.

To deem Fuzz a mere spoof or parody of the excessive American actioners that Danny is so giddily infatuated with virtually undermines its agenda, since director/co-writer Wright, star/co-writer Pegg, and co-star Frost share Dannyís legitimate love for the over-the-top antics and homoerotic undertones of Hollywoodís most bloated action bonanzas, and it is this evident respect for their targets that raises matters above the generally shallow and mean-spirited Scary/Date/Epic Movies, or even the nonsensical lampooning of the Naked Gun franchise.

As such, the viewer is expected Ė but not required Ė to be familiar with their fair share of the films in question, particularly Point Break and Bad Boys II, yet the proceedings are so dense with jokes that those who arenít familiar should still find the humor hearty, those who are familiar should enjoy that much more, and those who share the filmmakersí fondness for them will find themselves even more handsomely rewarded. There is nary a moment, a remark, or a visual gag that doesnít earn an eventual punchline, and as if being packed to the brim with set-ups werenít impressive enough, itís the sublime frequency with which the jokes land that makes Fuzz nothing short of a riot, easily matching Shaun for laughs and equally rewarding of repeat viewings, as the airtight script ensures that even the most meager touches end up paying off in some form or another (and this coming from someone who has already seen this four times theatrically; it scares me to think that there might even be some nods to their sitcom, "Spaced," crammed in there somehow).

Wright and Shaun editor Chris Dickens donít hesitate to use breathless cuts and impeccable sound design to recreate the overblown audio/visual tactics of those Bay-Bruckheimer affairs, with the opening shot being the longest and the final frames ending in an onslaught of editing so frantic, itíd have Tony Scott changing his pants. While the editing is often key to the unyielding comic timing and the gleefully gory demises hearken back to his Shaun experience, Wright then manages to execute major shootouts and other set pieces with the competence and confidence of an action veteran, and it certainly doesnít hurt that composer David Arnold (Casino Royale) lends a score of equivalent quality to those of action films proper in keeping with Fuzzí exaggeratedly proper aesthetic.

The primary reason that so very many of the shenanigans work so very well is that Pegg and Frost are aware of how to be characters first, caricatures second. As impressive as it is to see Pegg so rigid in the wake of slacker Shaun, the heart of the movie belongs to Frost. Although he may be as thick as he is wide, Danny means nothing but well in his persistent pestering of Nick, and when the third act does indeed turn to the very gunfights and car chases that he trusts to constitute proper action, all of his wildest dreams manifest themselves into the unbounded joy that anyone would get from doing the same. If Shaun was about oneís reluctant acceptance of responsibility, then Fuzz is about oneís unabashed embrace of the opportunity to forsake it, and Iíll be damned if it isnít the most unexpectedly potent portrait of what it means to be genuinely passionate since 2005ís Fever Pitch.

Wish fulfillment aside, Wright and the gang still manage to effortlessly incorporate a staggering amount of set-ups and punchlines, most of which pay off tenfold in the climactic blitz of guns and gags. For once, more is more, and then some, and yet in spite of this go-for-broke approach, one would be hard-pressed to locate a joke that doesnít pay off handsomely. It doesnít hurt that there isnít a bum note in the ensemble, ranging from a fiendishly fun Timothy Dalton to an impressively comical Paddy Considine, not to mention any number of veterans ranging from Jim Broadbent to Edward Woodward, in addition to a whole slew of cameos by some of Britainís best. With such a game cast and rewarding outcome, not only does it reveal and reinforce the sheer laziness of most other farces, but in delivering the kind of sheer pleasure that couldnít possibly have hailed from Hollywood, it still remains indebted to the American action films for laying the foundation for such a genre-transcending exception.

Surely the yearís best comedy this side of Knocked Up, Hot Fuzz is as ripe an entertainment as anything else currently on the marquee. If not the best, thereís little denying that it could turn out to be my favorite film of the year, not to mention a personal fave in the years to come, as with Shaun before it and even that similarly satisfying and equally intricate genre deconstruction, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Sure, there are occasionally films worth geeking out over, such as the recent 300 or Grindhouse, but itís all too rare to truly fall for one, especially one this laugh-now, chuckle-later, brag-and-drag, donít-change-that-channel hilarious, and peculiarly heartfelt to boot. For now, and for years to come, Hot Fuzz should stand as a testament to, and embodiment of, coolness fierce.

Now, howís THAT for a slice of fried gold?

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1/27/19 Jarod Oh my gods hot fuzz was in incredible funny but awesome 5 stars
5/01/18 Bents Had fun w/this movie. Was not what I was expecting 4 stars
9/14/17 morris campbell good not great 4 stars
8/31/13 Bert crude, violent, I quit midway 2 stars
5/28/12 Stefani K Fantastic. 5 stars
2/11/12 Bill White I agree with Rob. I gave it a two and a half on Rotten Tomatoes. The ending is pathetic. 2 stars
8/25/10 the dork knight Pegg is this movie. A couple nice buddy moments between him and Frost, too. 5 stars
10/25/09 Trent Coming from a US citizen, amazing movie, right up there with Shaun of the Dead 5 stars
10/01/08 Shaun Wallner I really enjoyed this film. 5 stars
4/14/08 Will Tingle Peggs best yet - can't imagine it works outside UK though... 5 stars
3/25/08 Isaac M. Baranoff Enjoyed it. Good film. 4 stars
3/21/08 Jeff As always Pegg was excellent 5 stars
3/17/08 Zachary Excellent movie, non-stop laughter. 5 stars
1/31/08 Beck Finaly a police satire that isn't afraid to have the hero actually kick some ass. 5 stars
12/04/07 ES 1 big laugh and a craptacular ending that kills all the goodwill generated by the beginning 3 stars
11/22/07 mr.mike not bad despite the somewhat dopey ending. Dalton is terrific 4 stars
9/28/07 R.W. Welch Outlandish cop satire. Just when you think it can't get any flakier, it does. 4 stars
9/24/07 Jason Brilliant, the turn from a horror movie to a comedy to an action film was seemless. 5 stars
9/15/07 AnnieG I didn't laugh as much as I expected, but I liked this film nonetheless. 4 stars
9/02/07 Quigley One of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. Pegg and Frost rule so much. Rock on ! 5 stars
8/06/07 Monday Morning Gonsalves is right on - some good laughs but overall, just slightly better than AVERAGE. 3 stars
8/02/07 D Just rented it yesterday, and it is hilarious 5 stars
8/01/07 Dark Enchantress funny movie and had great action 5 stars
7/12/07 Louise Extremely entertaining and funny! Great British humour! 4 stars
6/11/07 al smith porceline is a fucking cock at least britain has some fresh ideas unlike shitty usa 5 stars
6/03/07 Steven Boring at the begging, best 45 min ending ever 4 stars
5/28/07 Rebecca Friggin hilarious! 5 stars
5/27/07 jcjs great, awesome..this site is way too slow now, not worth coming here imbd is the way to go 5 stars
5/16/07 Elizabeth Entertaining -- and any film which appreciates "Point Break" is fine with me! 4 stars
5/15/07 Richard Seen it twice, waiting for the DVD to come out in US! 5 stars
5/08/07 Dave well funny, me n my mate laughed loads 5 stars
5/07/07 Chris Lada OMG, funny!!!! 5 stars
5/05/07 hedd well made and pretty funny, but Gonsalves I agree 3 stars
5/04/07 Stacy Just great! 5 stars
5/03/07 Wesley Haven't laughed at a film this hard in a while. Truly remarkable. 5 stars
5/02/07 Ole Man Bourbon Really well-made film, funny. 4 stars
4/24/07 Luke Not as good as Shaun but bloody great nontheless 4 stars
4/23/07 joker allready own on dvd as out in uk 5 stars
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