Hot Fuzz (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

United Kingdom/France, 2007.  StudioCanal, , , Ingenious Film Partners.  Screenplay by Edgar Wright, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The makers of Shaun Of The Dead have returned with another satire that inverts a popular Hollywood genre, this time the buddy-cop action movie. Affable Simon Pegg plays an overachieving police officer whose superiors are tired of his outdoing every single member of the London police force and promote him to a higher position in a small country town to get rid of him. There his expertise is relegated to evicting minors from pubs and helping recover escaped swans from their estates, until a series of ‘accidental’ deaths have him hypothesizing a murder conspiracy that makes him the laughing stock of his provincial force. Is he just jaded from years in the dangerous city, or is there a serial killer in this quiet hamlet who is taking prominent citizens out one by one? Watching this hysterical film go from lovable pluck to absolute chaos is a highly entertaining experience, buoyed by devilishly funny dialogue, superb performances and a sturdy plot that, while lampooning overblown Hollywood action movies, is also a genuinely great action movie as well. Look for celebrity cameos by Steve Coogan,  and  among others.

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