Hot Fuzz is the highly anticipated follow up to the cult horror-comedy classic Shaun of the Dead. It features the same duo of actors in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as well as writer Edgar Wright. The story centers on London based super cop Nicholas Angel (which also happens to be the name of the guy who scored the film) played by Pegg. Basically, Angel is too good a cop and is making the force look bad, so they banish him to a “promotion” in a small country town. Upon arriving in Sanford, Angel is partnered with Danny Butterman (Frost) who also happens to be the son of the chief. Their introduction is Angel arresting Butterman for drinking and driving and discovering he is his new partner in the morning. Nicholas has a hard time adjusting to the laid back country life where people don’t enforce the law by the book as they do in the big city, but it becomes abundantly clear that something isn’t right in town. Accident after accident happen, killing many of the towns highest profile people. Angel, suspecting foul play in all the circumstances, continually runs into the rest of the police force, who say they are just accidents. The first question, of course, is whether this is as funny as Shaun of the Dead. It isn’t, it’s a good, fun film, but it lacks the pure magic of its predecessor. Lightning seldom strikes twice on that level, but if you can release another film that is quality, that is much as you can hope for. If you like the one, you will like the other. The film packs a ton of people into the cast as well including Timothy Dalton, Bill Nighy (who also was in Shaun), Martin Freeman, and secret appearances by Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson. With everything that this movie has going for it, it is a film that you will watch over and over again, and it has the potential to get funnier with every viewing.
Special features: Amazing audio commentary with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. Deleted scenes and outtakes, a documentary on the publicity junket that Pegg, Wright, and Frost did in the US. Hot Funk, which is the US “clean” television edit, which will make you cringe and also “The Man Who Would be Fuzz” with Pegg and Frost doing imitations of Sean Connery and Michael Cain.
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