Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton
Directed by Edgar Wright
When a London police officer excels at his job, there’s only one thing to do with him… promote him to sergeant and send him to the countryside.
Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Pegg) has a reputation for catching the bad guys. He’s so good at what he does that it makes everyone else on the police force look bad. A known workaholic, his ex-girlfriend simply says his problem is that he can’t switch off.
Then he is promoted and shipped off to Sandford, a quiet little town in the country which has won the “village of the year” award in multiple years. Despite its facade, Sandford has a lot of mischief going on that Sergeant Angel catches on his first night in. He quickly impresses his partner, Danny (Frost), and teaches him the ins and outs of being a good cop.
When several murders occur, hushed up as “accidents,” officers Angel and Danny begin to look deeper into neighborly connections and why this “village of the year” seems to be the unsafest place to live.
In this extremely witty take of a cop movie, Hot Fuzz is littered with memorable quotes and clichéd cop movie stunts. Pegg and Frost are an unstoppable dynamic duo as two police officers who help each other’s characters grow throughout the movie. Pegg’s character, Sergeant Angel, is dedicated to reinforcing the law but puts his job over personal relationships. Meanwhile, Frost’s character Police Constable Danny learns a thing or two about thinking outside the box and opens his eyes to the corrupt village he grew up in.
As the middle movie of the Cornetto Trilogy, Hot Fuzz is my favorite of the three. Everything works for this movie as there is fun dialogue and often a play on words, great character development, a predictable but fun plot twist, and it’s hard to get bored while watching it. Especially when there are some gory moments that need looking away from.
It may not be everyone’s favorite movie of the year, but Hot Fuzz has earned its place among my favorite movies of all time.
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