Go to the Theater and See Hot Fuzz Right Now

Hot Fuzz Perhaps you shouldn't go right now, since I'm writing this at midnight on a weekday, but go at your earliest convenience. Hot Fuzz is the latest film by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the guys who made Shaun of the Dead. If you haven't yet seen Shaun of the Dead, go out and get it - it's one of the funniest, most clever movies I've seen in a long time. You may not have heard of Hot Fuzz, it doesn't seem to be getting much advertising and didn't open in a large number of theaters. If you've seen a review, you might have heard that it's a buddy cop action movie spoof. Really, it isn't a spoof so much as an homage wrapped up in a bunch of postmodern cleverness. It's also a damn good film in it's own right. Let me explain. The movie doesn't just mock and ape other cop movies, like lame "comedies" such as Epic Movie. It is much to well written for that. At the same time it's much more specific, recreating iconic scenes from Point Break and Bad Boys 2 shot-for-shot after after characters have described the scenes just a few minutes earlier. It works and it's amazing how they pull it off. It reminded me of The Days of Rice and Salt when Kim Stanley Robinson slowly revealed how his characters wrote their own story in a form that describes the book itself. Like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz starts Pegg and Nick Frost. These guys play really well off each other and make a better "mismatched pair of cops who learn to rely on each other" than Lethal Weapon, Tango and Cash and Turner and Hootch combined. It's also one of the few movies where IMDB's Trivia and References pages are obviously not complete. Just go see the movie already!

  1. We saw this movie the day it opened or maybe the Saturday after it opened and it was great. It just makes you wanna go out and be a bad ass cop. Or at least watch films about bad ass cops. Funny Bad Ass Cops. Either way, it’s a great film and you see the preview for their next movie, Run Fatboy Run, which I am already anticipating to be hilarious as well.

    S H Skuld
    May 2nd, 2007 at 8:30 am

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