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LONDON PART II! Moriarty Reviews HOT FUZZ!!

I’m going to tell you why I think HOT FUZZ is an instant classic, and why I think it represents a significant step forward for Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, but first, can we talk for a moment about the word “parody”? HOT FUZZ is not a parody film. What Wright and Pegg do as writers and what Wright does as a director is not parody. I think there are a few episodes of SPACED where they sacrifice character to go for the joke, but just a few. SPACED was where they got to hone their comic sensibilities, and in SHAUN OF THE DEAD, they came out swinging. What they do is write character-driven comedy that is told in fluent film geek. They absolutely know the genre they’re working in, and they know that you know the genre, too. Parody is when you regurgitate a scene from a film for the purpose of making the audience say, “Oh, yeah, I recognize that.” I think the early Z-A-Z stuff like AIRPLANE! and TOP SECRET! and POLICE SQUAD! managed to transcend the genre, and I think SOUTH PARK does a bit of parody and a bit of satire, and they walk the line really well, but for the most part, the parody films that have clogged our theaters like unflushable turds for the past decade or so are just awful, artless things. Unfunny. One reference after another with no regard for context or character or emotion or anything except, “Oh, yeah, I recognize that.” When I say that Wright and Pegg are great screenwriters, it’s because I think they’ve managed to take the things they did well in SHAUN and do them again, and I think they’ve actually fixed what they needed to fix, structural issues that sort of deflate SHAUN for some of the third act. The HOT FUZZ script reminds me of the early work of Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, and that is not a comparison I make lightly. I love the scripts for I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND and USED CARS and 1941 and, especially, BACK TO THE FUTURE. The scripts those guys wrote as a team were remarkable machines, and I would say that HOT FUZZ is Wright/Pegg’s USED CARS, a blisteringly funny film that wants nothing more than to entertain. HOT FUZZ is certainly not a film for young audiences. This is not a kid’s film. It is profane at times, and surprisingly violent. And that’s a good thing. HOT FUZZ has some raunch to it, but it’s never juvenile. By now, you know the set-up. Pegg plays Nick Angel, the best cop in London. He’s so good that he is “promoted” right out of town, to a small village called Sandford, where nothing ever happens. That’s where he meets Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), his new partner, who also happens to be a maniac for cop movies of all sorts. When accidents start to pile up in the village, Angel is convinced that they aren’t accidents at all, and he’s determined to crack what he believes may be the biggest case of his career. It’s no more nonsensical than the typical Hollywood action movie set-up, and part of the pleasure of it is just how quickly things get moving. It’s a very silly set-up, sure, but part of the pleasure of that first sequence is seeing Steve Coogan, Martin Freeman, and Bill Nighy play a scene together. And as far as getting Angel all the way out to Sandford, it’s handled so well in a quick series of shots that the movie is off and running just about the time people are going to get fully settled into their chairs. No time is wasted. Every scene gives you bits of information that pay off somewhere else in the movie. Which isn’t to say that this is a movie that’s all about plot. The script spends just as much time setting up character as it does setting up the story, and if this film has any great strength, it’s how rich the entire supporting cast of characters is. The script does a great job of setting up pretty much each and every person in Sandford. Some of them get a lot of screentime, some only get a few scenes, but it feels like a real community. This is one of those films that plays different the first time you see it than it does the second time, and that’s because you spend most of your first viewing trying to piece together the film’s central mystery. The second time through, it’s fun to watch the villain of the film play off of Pegg and Frost, and you pick up a number of details in the performances that become even funnier. Wright packed Sandford with a number of great English character actors. Hell, just inside the police station, you’ve got Olivia Colman (who was so funny on both PEEP SHOW and GREEN WING), the brilliant Bill Bailey (who I first flipped for on BLACK BOOKS) playing a really strange and wonderful role, Tim Barlow, and the always-great Jim Broadbent as Nick Frost’s father, the Chief Inspector for Sandford. Special note has to be made, though, of The Andys, a pair of detectives. I’ve never really thought of Paddy Considine as a comedic actor. The two films of his where he’s knocked me out lately were DEAD MAN’S SHOES and IN AMERICA, neither one of which I’d describe as “hilarious.” Seeing him play off of Rafe Spall here, I am now convinced that Considine is capable of anything. The two of them steal almost every moment they’re onscreen, no easy feat when you’ve got a cast this good around them. Then you’ve got the rest of the village, peopled with actors like David Bradley, Adam Buxton (of THE ADAM & JOE SHOW, which you should seek out if you’ve never heard of it), Paul “Belloq” Freeman, Anne Reid, Billie Whitelaw (the nanny from THE OMEN), Stuart Wilson, and, in one of the film’s slyest jokes, Edward Woodward. Again... not one of them is wasted. I especially love Timothy Dalton in this film. Dalton’s always underrated, especially by Bond fans, and he attacks his role in this film with gusto. He makes me laugh doing things as simple as offering someone a biscuit or jogging. It’s the sort of performance that should lead to a lot more work for him if there’s any justice. I’m surprised by how spry he is, and how forceful his personality is in the film, and I’m sure at least part of that is because of just how much fun the role is. Of course, the heart and soul of the film is the relationship between Pegg and Frost, and here's where they both really prove themselves as actors. They're not just playing Shaun and Ed in cop uniforms. Instead, they both create new characters here. Pegg was such a great dedicated slacker in SPACED and SHAUN that it's a bit of a shock to see him play a buttoned-down hardass like Nick Angel. Frost is far sweeter here as Danny than he was as Ed, and that childlike quality is what makes Danny the center of the film. There's a turn at the start of the third act that actually shocked and scared me because of how invested I was in Frost's work, and the fact that I fell for it is an indicator of just how well he vanishes into the role. Both of them have grown enormously as performers over the last few years, and their rapport is the sort of thing that directors dream of. You can't create chemistry like this... it either happens naturally, or you're just out of luck. Last note on the cast of the film: there are two Oscar winners who show up in the film in secret roles. I picked one of them out immediately, but only spotted the other one when I saw the film the second time. I’m not going to tell you who they are or where they are because that would ruin the fun. I’ll just tell you to keep your eyes peeled, because IMDb isn’t going to help you. You’ll have to get this one on your own. Now, obviously this is a riff on action movies. You see that new poster with all the fire on it, and that great new tag line (“They’re Bad Boys. They’re Lethal Weapons. They’re Hot Fuzz.”) and you know immediately what the archetypes are that they’re playing with in this film. Like I said... don’t expect any sort of direct parody here. Instead, these guys have digested every action film they’ve ever seen and they’ve spit back out something that speaks fluent action movie. I think this may be why this film ends up making more money in the US than SHAUN did; not everyone here speaks zombie movie, but action movies are in our blood. When the action does finally kick in, primarily during the third act of the film, it works incredibly well. Wright understands the geography of staging an action scene in an innate way, and he also knows how to maximize the impact of every beat. He doesn’t have the budget of a Bruckheimer movie to play with, but he makes up for that with invention and with energy. For much of act two, though, the movie builds like a horror film, and there’s one beat in particular that puts me in mind of early Peter Jackson, a gleefully gory sequence that got screams out of the audience both times I saw the film. It's that fine line which the film walks so well that makes me think this is a classic of sorts. It's a rare movie that straddles genres and manages to satisfy fully as both. There’s so much in the film that makes me giddy, but I don’t want to give things away. After all, it may be opening in the UK this week, but we won’t see the film here in the US until this April. It’s going to be tough to keep spoilers to a minimum, especially involving the resolution to the mystery, but I’ll certainly do my best. I can mention the great score by David Arnold, which occasionally quotes other action films and which also features a few cues written by Robert Rodriguez. I can mention the razor-sharp editing that further refines the style Wright’s been polishing since the beginning of SPACED. He does venture into Tony Scott territory a bit here, but only in a few moments, and only to sarcastic effect. When you see where he uses the MAN ON FIRE/DOMINO Avidfart freakout, it’s a pretty wicked indictment of the effect in general. I can mention the way both POINT BREAK and BAD BOYS II inform this film specifically, and the way the latent homoeroticism of cop films is played perfectly here. I’m sure we’ll have more to say about HOT FUZZ between now and the release in the US, but for now, I’m envious of viewers in the UK who get to see it as many times as they want starting this weekend. Between this and David Fincher’s astonishing ZODIAC, 2007 is off to one hell of a start for me as a viewer. Hopefully I’ll have my review of that one ready a little later this week. For now, let’s just say that HOT FUZZ has set the bar very high for the year ahead, and I’m looking forward to seeing who manages to rise to the challenge.


Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    First!

    by Rolling_Stone

    Had to say it. Now off to work I go.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Frost!

    by Jay Jay

    Nick Frost!

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Bring the noise!

    by DirkD13"

    Cannot. Friggin. Wait.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Not First....

    by quantize

    Ya mighta had to say it, but you were wrong :-P

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Surely Paddy Considine...

    by Calibos's Ginger JewFro

    would be a natural choice for Rorschach when Snyder gets around to casting Watchmen.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    It is a fine line between parody and homage...

    by Dr_Zoidberg

    I think the easiest way to describe Hot Fuzz is a comedy with action bits and some horror. I can't wait until Wednesday so I can see this motha again!

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Adam & Joe

    by Spazwankle

    Quality programme. Brings back plenty of memories. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8McKX8t1BA (Funnier to UK for Crystal Maze reference, but still great clip)

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Hey Mori, how about Alien Planet

    by Edward Brock

    Are you ever gonna review that script? I'm just curious about it.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton rocks

    by kwisatzhaderach

    here endeth the lesson

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    The movie sounds great

    by Doctor_Sin

    I can't wait to see it and for it to quit being whored on this site. I have heard far more than enough about it and am ready to see the damn thing.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Edward...

    by drew mcweeny

    No. Why would I review a fan script? There are dozens of them written every year. They're fun to write and read for some people, I'm sure, but there's no chance I'll be reviewing someone's ALIEN script here on the site. I'm guessing you're the author, too, since I've never mentioned the fan script anywhere and never indicated that I had any intention of writing about it. <P>Poor form harrassing me about it in a talkback for another film, too, sport.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Goos news, I am British...

    by Andy Dufresne

    ...bad news, I have no baby sitter. This just won't do.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    The oscar-winner cameos are...

    by GilesT

    ...indeed, rather hard to spot. <br><br> =) <br><br> Sorry, not about to ruin it either (cause Edgar asked us not to), though I will say that one of them would've required less time in the costume department a few years back... heh heh

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST

    I'm not the autor

    by Edward Brock

    I just went to the project's blog and the author mentioned that he had sent you the script. I just asked because those guys are trying to make it something more than a simple fan project, even if it doesn't work (doubt it will). Feel absolutely free to erase my posts if you want too.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Nice article by Pegg about transatlantic humour

    by ledsyrus

    at http://tinyurl.com/ywqzz9 I agree with him 100%. Some of my fellow brits (especially in our media) say some really dumb things about you Americans.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    That's a very narrow interpretation of 'parody'

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    but I accept your point. I've always thought of Pegg and Wright's stuff as being 'affectionate parodies', by which I mean ridicule is not their intention. But if you're taking your structure and inspiration from another source and replaying it for laughs, you're pretty much doing a parody.<p>Thanks for the review, Mr McWeeney. I'm looking forward to this one quite a bit.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Parody

    by wackynephews

    Sorry, Mori, but what you described isn't parody, it's a spoof. Monty Python are parodists, the original Harvard Lampoon were parodists, the original ZAZ films walked a fine line between the parody and spoof. I'm not taking you to task but I'm just getting pissed off that people call crap like Epic Movie a parody because it's not. A parody has purpose and a punchline where Epic Movie simply has the "I recognize it" scene that you talk about with no purpose other than recognition.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Veronica..

    by Mr_Sleep001

    ...Guerin

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Transatlantic humour

    by trafficguy2000

    As I recall, when I saw Shaun at the sneak preview the only joke that didnt go over was "Cornetto". If he had said "Nutty Buddy" then there ya go!

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    But how does this stack up...

    by RenoNevada2000

    But how does this stack up against the OTHER great British cop comedy- "The Thin Blue Line"? (I kid.)

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    What are the odds we see Hot Fuzz banners on the site

    by Garbageman33

    99.9%? 99.95%? Listen, if you want to review films, great. We appreciate it. And if you want to accept advertising, fantastic. You've built a nice little website here and you totally deserve to make money from it. But to print review after glowing review of a film and then plaster your site with their banner ads just screams "conflict of interest". Hey, I could be wrong. Maybe you haven't made a dime from this film. But if you have, you should consider how it looks. Unless you really don't care. Which I'd actually respect.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Goddamn, I'm so jazzed for this one!

    by Roguewriter

    Superb review as always, Mori -- no spoilers, just a wealth of saliva-inducing teases. And the usual brilliant insight. You oughta be Ebert somday, sir. The Fat Man can't hog the aisle seat forever...

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    If it feels anything like USED CARS in tone...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...this could be one of the best comedies of the 21st century. I absolutely adore early Zemeckis and wish more people would. <p> Also, from the trailer, I picked out Stephen Merchant (from "Office" UK) and Lucy Punch ("Being Julia" and her now-defunct role on "The Class").

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    RadioCrash, that is perfect.

    by Lenny Nero

    Now all I can think of is Paddy for Watchmen. You have made my day.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    DAMN YOU,BLARNEYMAN!!!

    by DonkeyTron

    CATCHPHRASE GOTTA EAT!!!! JUGGFUCKLED!! etc...

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah..

    by DonkeyTron

    FIRST!! Can't forget that classic.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Shaun Of The Dead = Overrated

    by captainCAPSLOCK

    how do Pegg's balls taste?

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    The Adam and Joe Show

    by blackandwhitecake

    You can get the Adam and Joe DVD from Amazon UK or US!

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    captainCAPSLOCK

    by Captain Mal

    Although your argument is smart and compelling ("Shaun of the Dead = Overrated"), you couldn't be more wrong. If anything, that film is underrated. It's an *insanely* well-written comedy, buddy picture, romantic comedy and zombie movie rolled into one, filled with terrific performances and impeccable direction. What more could you possibly ask for in a film? Boobs?

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    What about Ant-Man????

    by jasper Stillwell

    Is this going to happen? If so, how? When? Nic Cage for the Human Top!!! And yep, anything with Gerrit Graham in is always going to get my vote. Nice to see we're agreeing again Mori!

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 2:04 p.m. CST

    spoiler!!!!

    by billy_hitchcock

    ole gravy leg, you're wrong.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I WILL FUZZ TITS! ASAP - I MEAN, WATCH THIS...

    by Cult Exiter

    YEAH.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson will be one of the cameos

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    He was in ine of the podcasts.<p> Now who is the other? Maybe Dame Judy with an uzi! I'd buy that for a dollar. Bring on the Fuzz!!

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear about Zodiac.

    by El Scorcho

    My most anticipated of 2007.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Ole Gravy Leg...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... I was very careful about spoilers. If that's what you think I meant, that's interesting, but I'm not going to confirm or deny it. It's a film loaded with fun surprises, and I worked hard not to ruin them for you.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 5:50 p.m. CST

    fuck a Pym...

    by keepcoolbutcare

    I want my Scott Pilgrim movie!

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Mori vs. Edward

    by Kirbymanly

    There was no need to jump on Edward like that. I'd say your reponse to him was uncalled for and over the top. If it was the case that he was fishing for something... just ignore it. Come on, man. We're the reason you get paid from this site. Don't jump on someone for asking a question until you know the facts, dude.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Third Act Spoiler Guess

    by Shad0wfax

    ***Massive Potential Spoiler if Correct*** I'm hesitant to add this, but I feel it's because I "get" cop/thriller movies so much that this is painfully obvious - I think the third act twist that Mori alludes to is probably that Nick Frost IS the killer.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST

    ShadOwfax you are probably right

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    But I think what happens is that when you aren't thinking of the potential twist in the plot, you won't see it. Once you know there may be a supposed "twist" there are few options left in the convention of a mainstream production. Now if this was Sundance, it would simply turn out that Nick Frost is actually a teenage woman with pearly white chompers in her snatch!

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Also Kirbymanly...

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    mockypuppet pretty much sums up the Mori v. Edward thing. Even assuming Edward is a plant trolling for publicity for his fan script, Mori is still a bit of a prick for pulling the "sport" card. Next he will be calling talkbackers 'Junior' or 'Tiger' or maybe go southern and call someone 'Son'. Either way, it should be hilarious.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST

    True that catchphrase...

    by Kirbymanly

    forgot to say, mockypuppet, that your line was fucking hysterical.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST

    ANT-MAN should come before SCOTT PILGRIM

    by Ribbons

    Not because I prefer 'Ant-Man,' but because, unless 'Hot Fuzz' does gangbusters at the box office, it's going to be difficult for Wright to drum up as much money for a Scott Pilgrim film as is (probably) necessary. Marvel currently has reservoirs of cash as a result of their deal with Paramount that they'll bestow upon the directors of their films. I think 'Scott Pilgrim''s best chance of getting made right is getting made after 'Ant-Man.'

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST

    That is...

    by Ribbons

    ...unless 'Ant-Man' tanks. Which it very well could.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Ribbons you cum-gurgling slut...

    by keepcoolbutcare

    you got me so mad I had to put down my burrito!<br> <br> Have you even read Scott P? To do the project any justice, they'll have to cast unknowns, and film it in Toronto. If they can't bring that in with a budget of, oh, let's say $15million, and that's a highball estimate, 'cuz really, aside from one or two fight scenes and the location shooting, there shouldn't be much if anything in the way of expenses.<br> <br> And how much does it cost to film in Canada anyway, eh? Couple of toonies and a keg of Molson's might just cover the overhead...

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Aye, but...

    by Ribbons

    ...how cheap is flying? I mean, after all, i-- I... I got nothin'. PWNED...

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 11:03 p.m. CST

    i heart Ribbons...

    by keepcoolbutcare

    either way, can't wait for Hot Fuzz and whatever else Edgar decides to do next. I just think that Ant-Man can be done anytime, but Scott P.(full disclosure...I'm a Scott-aholic) is something that should be done while the property is still hot...

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by Ribbons

    Maybe I should go pick up one of these "Scott Pilgrims" and actually read it now...

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 12:34 a.m. CST

    One gun to rule them all

    by Jugs

    .....

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Best Movie Experience of My Life!!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Ain't it, jerkos?

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 2:56 a.m. CST

    JoBlo...

    by GilesT

    ...gave it 10/10.<br><br> www.joblo.com/review-hot-fuzz <br><br>

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Paddy Consadine does ads for the Yellow Pages phoneline

    by judderman

    and he's very funny. "Hello. I'd like the number for a dog training school in Guildford please... I'd really appreciate a home visit...["GRRR!"] SIT! Oh no, not you!" Or, arriving at a party full of Elvis impersonators wearing pointy ears and a cap... "Look my invite definitely said "Elves", OK?"

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    didn't say i didn't like it...

    by captainCAPSLOCK

    ...but it wasn't all that. i'm just tired of ya'll elevating films to higher acclaim than they deserve simply because everything else these days is shit.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    That's James Nesbitt actually, Judderman.

    by Cameron1

    <p>

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Adam and Joe

    by harrrthelime

    If you have not heard of these guys you need them in your life, they have a podcasts on itunes. Hilarious stuff!

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST

    I'm so looking foward to this.

    by Novaman5000

    I fucking loved SHAUN.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:55 p.m. CST

    The Adam and Joe Show

    by Rendell

    Ah, the joy of old Star Wars figures in "stop-motion" sketches. Genius.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Also think you're defining parody too narrowly...

    by JonQuixote

    ...but I agree that it's probably incorrectly applied to SHAUN OF THE DEAD. Other than the title, I don't think there's a lot of humor in that movie that comes from mocking horror or zombie films. EPIC MOVIE, however, is parody. Just (presumably) bad parody (as most spoofs are). Parody in this context means you're getting humor from imitation, but it doesn't necessarily have to be smart or otherwise purposeful. *** Anyway, enough semantics - I'm looking forward to this one. I didn't like SHAUN all that much, but I liked what it tried to do. Just the extremely gory and depressing turns near the end were too tonally jarring for me. Major buzz kill. Hopefully, HOT FUZZ recognizes and improves on the formula.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 5:10 p.m. CST

    a bit of a let down...

    by Seven Seas

    honestly

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST

    previews today

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    I was all jacked up to see it today but ive gone down with a really bad virus and feel like shit ...fucking sucks

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Movie will kick ass, Wish I had the Hot Fuzz Poster!

    by MartinJM28

    oh wait... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280082990551 check it out

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Ok never mind that last post.....

    by MartinJM28

    http://tinyurl.com/2mmyaf that should work

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Finally saw the fucker!

    by DirkD13"

    Probably the funniest film I've ever seen at the flicks. The only disappointing bit was the car chase from Somerfield to the Model Village, which could have done with less frenetic editing (I like my car chases old-school style). The foot chases, punch-ups and shoot-outs were fantastic though. This will have the honour of being the first film I'll ever see more than once at the cinema, I literally can't wait to see it again. Trust me, Nick Frost's popularity will go stratospheric after this!

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Disco Fudge

    by Hoodedavenger

    Awesome film I can't convey how much I enjoyed this film , being a Somerset boy as well gave it an extra kick as I work alot in wells. The writing and directing reached a new high from pegg and wright respectivly ... and Nick Frost is a legend

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Hoodedavenger

    by DirkD13"

    Where in Somerset you from? I saw this last night at Taunton Odeon, it was a packed screening and it brought the house down.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    DirkD13"

    by Tripman5000

    I`ve been saying exactly the same thing at work today!It`s, without a doubt, the funniest film I`ve ever seen! I`m 36 years old and I`m so excited by this film, I want to see it again and again!Loved the genuinely exciting action and superb gore too! Straight into my top ten movies!

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    "AvidFart"

    by NNNOOO!!!

    Just added that word to my dictionary. Perfect. So here's my only concern: From what I've seen, it doesn't look like Wright gets to be funny in this. Tell me I'm wrong?

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST

    DirkD13"

    by Hoodedavenger

    heh small world I was in the Cineworld in yeovil, Likewise it packed to the gills with a wide range of people not just geeks like me

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Mori...

    by shellfishh

    You mention loving the script for 1941....what did you think of the actual movie? I am in the strong but vocal "love every fucking frame of that movie" camp.

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Steaming Pile of Shite

    by papabendi

    Sorry but just caught the film tonight. Loved 'Space' and Thought 'SOTD' was a good attempt at combining comedy with real horror but 'Hot Fuss' just fails on almost every level for me. From the plodding beginning, the joke free/plot free middle, and ridiculously stretched ending. there are around four or five laugh out loud moments dotted around the film but that that just doesn't cut it for a 'comedy'. In fact I thought the humour was actually obvious and sterile. I almost walked out but stuck it out until the end desperately hoping that the film would come to life...it didn't. The film seems to be getting some pretty shitty reviews over here (UK)so I know it's not just me. The film doesn't so much pay homage to the action genre than ram it down your throat, they even mention 'Bad Boys 2'and 'Point Break' around fifty times as well as have the two main characters watch both films then copy scenes directly from both films. In short i thought it was a lame effort with weak gags, weak characterisations, and a paper thin plot. Shit.

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Hot Fuzz

    by papabendi

    Hot fuss was that crappy album by The Killers

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST

    good film and tightly written

    by misnomer

    just got back from the theartre. What can I say? excessive violence? check. the oversuse of the word cunt? check. pineapples?check. Old woman being kicked in the face? check. Really fun movie with some laugh out moments. Doesnt take itself as seriously as Shaun Of The Dead- and possibly not quite as good as that movie, but still a must-see. Frost steals the show.

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Wyrdy the Gerbil

    by misnomer

    I got that thing thats goin around too. not fun, but...I still went and saw it. With any luck ive infected a few fuckers too.

  • Feb. 17, 2007, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Done Believe the Hype! - From London!

    by Neil Hamburger

    Sad news friends. Saw the movie last night and it was a crushing disapointment. Its had good reviews in the UK press all week, I saw it in a packed cinema with three pints inside me and a group of mates - I love SOTD and Spaced - what could go wrong? Answer - no jokes. I laughed once in two hours. That makes a loooong 2 hours. The talk in the bar afterwards was of sadness at a wasted opportunity. AICN has seriously overhyped this - I cant believe Moriarty wanted to watch it twice. I won't watch it again.

  • Feb. 17, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Hot Fuzz a review by Emeraldboy

    by emeraldboy

    I have just come back from Hot fuzz and I thought it was a very entertaning and very funny movie. I thought it was outstanding but others may differ. Nick angel(simon pegg) is too good for the london police so he is sent to sleepy hamlet of SandFord which has no murders only accidents. This is midsomer murders territory, to qoute Simon pegg during last week to describe the movie its like Midsomer Murders as directed by tony scott. Angel meets the locals including the villain of the piece Simon Skinner(Timothy Dalton). no sooner has he arrived, then some locals keep getting bumped off and for the rest of the movie Angel tries to get to the bottom whay there are no murders only accidents. Edgar wright likes repition, even in shaun of the dead it was there in the scene shaun lays out how he is going to resuce his mom, the scene is repeated more then once. In fuzz, I lost count of the times that shaun opened and closed his locker. The repition device will get annoying as will Wrights trick of racheting up the action in the last half of the film, that happened in shaun of the dead also and I agree with the writer who said that shaun had a great first and Wright jettisoned the homour for action packed final hour. With a bigger budget Wright and pegg can go all the way and with some studio largesse, wright and pegg will make a film in which they wont have to worry about trying to cram to much in becuase currently that is their weakness. I enjoyed this film very much and will never look at the bill the same way again. Supergrass fans, you neednt worry, the song that plays over the ending credits, youve guessed it Caught by the fuzz. Did anyone else notice the homoeroctic thing between angel and butterman. Excellent movie. Dalton makes a great villain. This is a very funny film. I loved the little peices. they made the movie in mind.

  • Feb. 17, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Why is that everyone praised

    by emeraldboy

    Shaun. Those who saw its flaws. were told shut up and stop complaining. Fuzz has the same flaws as Shaun did and the reaction seems to much cooler.

  • Feb. 17, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Nick frost doesnt

    by emeraldboy

    die.

  • Feb. 17, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Fucking incredible

    by TinSpider

    Saw this last night. I'm a huge fan of these guys. Loved Spaced, loved Shaun and this, for me was even better. The pace was brilliant and didn't slow down or take itself seriously once. I can't imagine how any other movie could entertain me from start to finish like this did. Can't wait to see it again. I went with my wife and a few mates and everyone thought it was excellent.

  • Feb. 17, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    The main difference

    by papabendi

    for me between SOTD and Hot Fuzz is that in SOTD Simon Pegg and Nick Frosts characters are so much better developed and unique to the Zombie genre. Two wasters take on the living dead. In Hot Fuzz the characters are cardboard cut outs of other characters in the action/comedy genre, and badly developed in a way that made me not care a toss about them.

  • Feb. 17, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST

    In a way in kind of predicted this

    by emeraldboy

    would happen. Edgar wright was cheered as bein a cool filmmaker and he still viewed that way but if he makes a comic book film. as is being rumoured he may. And it tanks. will this site still consider him cool. my guess is not

  • Feb. 18, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Edgar Wright's a geek so..

    by DirkD13"

    I will always consider him cool. He's already earnt his lifetime pass with me. I would like to see his take on an all-out action movie, with a proper decent budget.

  • Feb. 18, 2007, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Can he do a movie without

    by emeraldboy

    Frost and Pegg? The mob is fickle and so far things are going his way but the mob can turn and when it does things can get ugly. I think wright has the chops to do action movies and be a really great action filmmaker, he just has to write movies with that balance and it is hard to do but I think he can do it. Dalton was the best thing in Hot fuzz. I loved the way he didnt even prented not to be villianous. Wright also needs to slow his pace down a little. I didnt find the movie long at all in fact it flew by.

  • Feb. 18, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Shut up emerald boy!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    please add spoiler tags to your mad ramberlings if you are intent of ruining the movie for us!

  • Feb. 18, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    er what mad ramblings

    by emeraldboy

    are you talking about?

  • Feb. 18, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    the mad ramberlings...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    ...you post in each talkback. I really don't want to know who dies and who doesn't die and I certainly don't want to know about the movie's story Mad Emerald style. at least I can divert my eyes if I see *Spoilers* tag.

  • Feb. 18, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Well actually I was repsonding

    by emeraldboy

    to another tb'er!. but a question or two did you look at the trailers for the film? Did you read about the film in any way in the press or transcripts or online script review? If you didnt thats great that you managed to avoid the hype. But I thought the films story was pretty clear from the trailers and such. somebody mentioned that this film was a parody. The parody of the beig screen action movie was done already. TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE. america, fuck yeah.

  • Feb. 18, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Yes I saw the trailer

    by Talkbacker with no name

    No I didn't read any script reviews! I was referring mainly to your 'Nick Frost' comment. Went to see the movie today. Thanks for spoiling the end, you fucking goof!

  • Feb. 18, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Saw it today

    by SD Canis

    I loved Shaun of the Dead and I though this was far better. I usually get fidgety during long films but this seemed much shorter than it's running time. Edgar Wright's film pacing has improved a lot since "Shaun". Nick Frost plays a much more likeable character in this, Pegg does a suprisingly convincing job of playing a tough cop and the supporting cast is of incredibly high calibre. Pegg and Frost's relationship in the film is far better than in "Shaun". I found the character Ed annoying and couldn't see why Shaun would put up with him, In Hot Fuzz the way that Nick Angel grows from seeing Danny as an annoyance to a good friend was well handled. The only thing that Shaun really does better is that it's more immediately quoteable than Hot Fuzz (though I expect to hear lot's of "Yarp", "Narp" and "By the power of greyskull" in the near future). Can't wait to see it again.

  • Feb. 19, 2007, 5:50 a.m. CST

    NO judderman!

    by spectacular optical

    the guy in the Yellow pages is NOT Paddy Considine - do you seriously think he needs to do shit like that?! The guy in the ads is the annoying James Nesbitt - star of many rubbish TV shows hence the need for advert work. By the way, Hot Fuzz was great. I now love Paddy Considine even more than I did! The gang do a great job once again and while I'm not gonna say it's a five star film, it is a bloody good one. Good work!

  • Feb. 19, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST

    If you think Paddy Considin was good in this

    by emeraldboy

    Watch him in Dead man Shoes. That is antonishing performance. Just unbelievable. Scary. creepy chilling. James Nesbitt is annoying his tenure as host of the the terrible IFTAS was cringe inducingly bad. mind you nesbitt had to work from a script by a really unfunny Irish Journalist and Youre a star judge called Brendan O Connor.

  • Feb. 20, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Dont believe the HYPE...

    by Superflyfox

    This movie is soooo over rated. It just isn't funny enough by a mile. It's the COMIC STRIP '07 nothing more and a lot less funny.

  • Feb. 20, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Opinion is divided then

    by Psychonaut

    I saw it the night before last in a group of four. Two of us loved it, one didn't care for it at all and my mate's brother's girlfriend offered no opinion. In fact, she said fuck all over the course of the entire evening. She may have been a waxwork dummy operated through a system of pulleys and string in order that my mate's brother could give the impression to my mate that he was sexually successful and therefore less of a failure in the eyes of his family. That's just a hypothesis though. Note: it is not a theory, it is a hypothesis. If more people could tell the difference between a theory and a hypothesis then all those Creationist fuckwits in the States would get a great deal less airtime. Mind you, she could have been plaster rather than wax. Or maybe painted papier mache applied over a chicken wire frame. There are many possibilities.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Saw it today, it wasn't that good, sorry...

    by Bill Clay

    VASTLY inferior to Shaun of the Dead. Only a few funny moments. The over-the-top violence was edited too quick and choppy, made it hard to follow the action. As another TB'er mentioned, it's getting lousy reviews in the UK. No wonder it's only getting a limited release here in the US. Better luck next time, guys!

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Lousy Reviews in the UK

    by Psychonaut

    Channel 4: "a British film that is both blisteringly funny and genuinely action-packed." Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian: "Plenty of irrepressible fun ... and big, regular laughs". Philip French in the Guardian: "Funny, inventive, furiously paced." Radio Times: **** out of *****. Empire: **** out of *****. Daily Telegraph: "mostly it's a smart, funny, affectionate love letter to all things uncool - and far more skilful than its self-effacing humour suggests." Total Film *** our of *****. BBC: **** out of *****. The Times: **** out of *****. Film 2007: "Authentically cinematic, stuffed with good jokes and full of incidental pleasures - particularly for diehard film buffs - don't miss the all-action 'Hot Fuzz'." Shit, they must have been gutted when they read those.

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Real Lousy Reviews in the UK

    by Bill Clay

    Daily Mail: "It's the lack of any serious intent that means too much of it is desperately unamusing, and unamusingly desperate." Daily Telegraph: "It's overlong, and finally falls apart, stuttering towards a number of indecisive endings." This is London: "Wright and Pegg's second film isn't as good as their first." Time Out: "It’s not a perfect template – running motifs are glaringly flagged up and there are at least two too many climaxes" Variety: "in its final reels, it doesn't know when to quit. Pic could easily lose 15 minutes from its two-hour running time." -- Better luck next time, guys!

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Oscar spoilers

    by DylanDenham

    The answer to the second winner is actually now on IMDb now, not to sound like a wanker, just to help out people who it was bugging

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I'm with the rest of ye

    by arghhhhhhhh

    I'm with the rest of ye EmeraldBoy is a fuckin retard