Hot Fuzz – **

Posted: September 15, 2013 in 2007, Cop Movie, Parody, UK, XX

So, the guys who created Shaun Of The Dead also made a cop buddy / action crime parody called Hot Fuzz. It starts off being not even half as funny as the comical zombie slashing neoclassic, but it gets remarkably better by the end. The overabundance of absurdities only work during the finale, where the silliness is just non stop.

A talented and overachieving officer get transferred from metropolitan London to rural Stanford, where there hasn’t been a murder in over 20 years. Nobody ever wonders why there are so many ‘accidents’ though and the officer starts an investigation, helped by a local constable.

Simon Pegg plays a serious character for a change and that feels kind of awkward. In fact, he’s so convincing as a London police officer that there is no trace of parody at all. He does lose it a bit at the end, but during the entire movie it feels like he’s auditioning for a serious role. Luckily the rest of the cast makes it clear you’re watching a comedy. And again, it gets better by the end. There’s a shootout scene that just cracked me up. Hadn’t laughed that hard in a while.

This movie also proves that with the right sound effects and editing, the right cast and the right attitude you can make an entertaining movie for little money. It sure feels like a big budget movie, but you know it’s not.

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