Confession: I loved Shaun of the Dead. Satires and British humour really hit the spot for me, so it’s no surprise that I loved Hot Fuzz.
The real surprise for me was the focus on storyline in this movie: there is a long buildup in the movie before it takes a comedic bent, and that time is well spent on establishing the primary and secondary characters. Once the action gets started, however, the laughs don’t stop.
Driven by Performance
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have appeared in many movies together, and the natural dynamic between them is a big boost to audience immersion. It’s more than just the skinny guy, fat guy routine — these guys are real-life friends, so their on screen friendships come easily.
Personally, I think the strength of this movie lies not in the story, which is very well-done, but the quality of the performances of all of the actors. Nicholas Angel (Pegg) and Danny Butterman (Frost) are well portrayed, but the movie is greatly enhanced by the devilish Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton), affable Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), and a slew of secondary characters who play their parts amazingly well. I loved Bill Nighy during the 10 minutes he spent on-screen, but that’s normal: Bill Nighy rocks.
The Last Word
This movie had it all: comedy, action, great performances and a solid plot. You’ll be out of luck if you’re looking for a movie with romance, but I think that is a good thing — there are too many action/comedy movies out there where the main character kicks some ass and gets the girl. This movie stands out in all regards, and should be on your watch list. See it.