Released in 2007, Hot Fuzz is the all-action comedy that forms the second instalment of the fan-named cornetto trilogy starring the well-loved British comedy duo that is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is a Police Constable at the very top of his game – to the extent of showing up the majority of his colleagues. To ease tensions Angel is involuntarily transferred from London all the way to the sleepy village of Sandford.
The move is an extremely steep learning curve for Angel, especially after being paired with Danny (Frost) the kind-hearted yet totally unfocused laughing stock of the local beat. Yet is all what it seems in Angel’s new surroundings? Is the village as quiet and quaint as it seems? Or, is Angel correct to assume that something isn’t quite right?
The first thing you may discover regarding this film is the fact that despite being the second part of a trilogy, the plot does not follow on from Shaun of the Dead - part one of the trilogy - in any way, shape or form. However there are many things that link all three of the cornetto trilogy movies; all three are directed by Edgar Wright, are written by Wright and Pegg, star Pegg and Frost in the dual lead roles and also share the same producer (Nira Park). All three films also have a variety of cast members in common.
If you love all-action movies, you will love this film; as with Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz takes its genre of all-action and comedy and runs with it, culminating in a fantastic mix of the two genres. In addition of course, Hot Fuzz also has Wright’s trademark directing style running through it; an almost perfect match for this particular film.
Again, as with Shaun of the Dead this film will grab your attention right from the word go; keeping you on the edge of your seat, with a pounding heart and baited breath all the way through to the closing credits.
On top of the aforementioned directing style, Hot Fuzz also has a fantastic selection of action sequences to get your teeth into too; you may be wary of such scenes given that that this title is primarily a comedy. However, be assured that all action related sequences are portrayed with utter perfection.
In conclusion, if you loved Shaun of the Dead and enjoy the coupling of Pegg and Frost with the addition of Wright, then Hot Fuzz is most definitely for you!
Running time – 121 minutes
Certificate – 15
Certificate – 15