April 20, 2007

Hot Fuzz

Clever, funny, and refreshingly British, Hot Fuzz is a novel action-comedy and a worthy follow-up to Shaun of the Dead. Hot Fuzz rewards repeat viewing, just as Shaun of the Dead gets better with repeated viewings. Many sequences fly by so fast, that I struggled to keep up the first time around, but I nodded and smiled the second time. Directing and writing team Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg were careful not to make a parody of action cop movies, but to make a action-cop movie with comedy. They have completely succeeded.
Wright and Pegg take a common plot outline (stranger comes to seemingly harmless small town) and fuses it with an American-style detective story (Solo cop fights to uncover dark secret no one else wants revealed).
Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is a humorless, by-the-book police officer, kind of like a tough Joe Friday. Angel gets sent to the small, picture-postcard village of Sandford, full of friendly townsfolk, seemingly free of crime. However, all is not what it seems, and when villagers start getting blown up, decapitated, and roasted, Angel is the only one who gets suspicious. With the help of his new partner, the sweet, bumbling PC Butterman (Nick Frost), Angel tears the lid off of Sandford's dirty secret.
Diehard Shaun of the Dead fans can be forgiven for deciding to wait for the DVD. After all, this movie gets funnier with repeat viewings, but Em and I could not wait that long, and we were happy to give our $9 to see it on the big screen, even if only a fraction of that $9 goes to the filmmakers. My Grade: A
NOTE: I don't know if any of these movies will be any good, but the trailers were very good for Run Fatboy Run, Superbad, and Knocked Up. Also a British funeral comedy directed by Frank Oz? I don't recall the title, but I thought it might be a quasi-sequel to Four Weddings and A Funeral: they could name it Four Funerals and a Wedding? (April 20, AMC Burlington; April 27 and June 22, Somerville Theater)