Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz is the second film (that I know of) to feature the excellent comedic duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Whereas Shaun of the Dead tackled zombie flicks, however, this fine film provides a loving mockery of/homage to the action movie genre.

I mean it – this movie is absolutely hilarious, expertly blending slapstick, innuendo, irony, and that classic British absurdism stuff that I dig so much. Beyond the comedy, though, we have a movie that is not only an excellent action flick in its own right (the last 30 minutes! WOW!!!) but also shines as a beacon of real creative film making amidst a sea of otherwise visually bland comedy films. Sure, I know Guy Ritchie’s films can be humorous, but they’re hardly comedies…more like “crime capers” that have some funny parts. Hot Fuzz, on the other hand, is humorous start to finish.

There’s a level of gore more commensurate with the aforementioned zombie tour de farce, and one of the central premises divulged late in the movie is a bit flimsy. I consider these to be trivial in light of the movies broader aims, and don’t for a second foster hesitation in my rating.

This is five stars out of five, hands down. I’ll be buying this DVD in the very near future.

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