"Bring the noise!!!"
After the great success of the 2004 British comedy Shaun of the Dead it was inevitable that the filmmakers would team up for another spoof. Unlike the brainless spoof films created by the Americans who never have any conception of plot, Hot Fuzz is unique and brilliant. Instead of brainlessly spoofing films while focusing on the laughs, Hot Fuzz is a parody of the action genre as well as an addition to the action genre. There are plenty of clever laughs that improve with every screening, not to mention a lot of high-energy action and a genius amalgamation of every action film cliché under the sun. It would take a very talented bunch of filmmakers to actually make this idea work; needless to say I was very impressed with the efforts of everyone who took part in the filmmaking.
Simon Pegg is a big city cop named Nicolas Angel who has a mighty impressive record during his career: an arrest rate 400% higher than any other police officer, and very skilled in every aspect of being part of the force. Nicolas' jealous colleagues conspire to get rid of him because he is making them all "look bad". And hence Nicolas is reassigned to the sleepy, pleasant little village of Sandford.
He is teamed up with an overeager police officer named Danny Butterman (Frost) whose father runs the local police force. Danny is an eager action movie fan who is desperate to see real action; that is, intense gun fights and high octane car chases. Danny's enormous ego really gets on Nicolas' nerves. But the sleepy town is soon rocked by a number of gruesome deaths that are dismissed as accidents. Nicolas, however, becomes convinced that these people were in fact murdered. As the intrigue deepens, Danny's dreams of explosions, high-octane car-chases, gun fights and all-out action becomes more and more like a reality.
In tradition with Shaun of the Dead, the filmmakers spend plenty of time fleshing out a discernable plot while filling the screen with laughs. Unlike the brainless laughs supplied by American films, it seems the British gags are a lot more cerebral. And it's this fact that moves the film out of the "brainless entertainment" category; instead becoming a damn fine piece of cinema that is also quite groundbreaking and creative.
For a comedy, the filmmakers made no attempt to hold back on high levels of strong gruesome violence during the action scenes. The action scenes were filmed using shaky cam style and quick cuts for the modern action movie-goer. This may be looked upon as a negative aspect, but the point of using this style was to spoof the modern action genre. And it's a lot more kickass than the usual Bad Boys II kind of action scenes.
Hot Fuzz is nothing short of a brilliant movie. It's superb entertainment filled with laughs and jammed with references to classic action films. Although a bit of a slow build up, the final action scene is a no-holds-barred piece that last at least 20 minutes. Even though it's a long action scene, the filmmakers sustain the intensity and excitement from start to finish.
Hot Fuzz is immensely superior to the usual American spoof movies we've seen far too much of these days. The film is creative, enthralling and extremely entertaining. The creators of Shaun of the Dead have recaptured the magic and spoofed another genre. I hope the team spoof another genre sometime into the future.