One of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s iconic duo films. I remember watching this film when I was younger, however I couldn’t actually remember what it was about at all. And to be honest, it wasn’t as good as I remember, even though remembering was little. ‘Shaun of the Dead’ tops this one, by far.
‘Hot Fuzz’ follows a by-the-book police officer, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg). Everything is morally right or wrong and if wrong is done you’ll be arrested right off. He’s an officer who never turns off, he is an officer by name and by life – never relaxing, never not seeing wrong or right. Therefore, his excellence was putting the other MET officers to shame, so he was sent off to the quiet town of Sandford noted as one of the perfect towns where nothing bad happens. But, when a series of murders happens in this small town, officers claim them flukes and just “accidents” leaving only Nicholas believing differently.
In one of these Edgar Wright films starring both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, what is loved most is the relationship between Pegg and Frost. But this seemed a bit lacking in ‘Hot Fuzz’. The iconic hilarity seemed to be missing in this film. I think that was due to the personality created by Simon Pegg, as in his character of Nicholas Angel. It wasn’t a welcoming protagonist that invites other characters to become friends as the newcomer. Nick Frost of Danny Butterman held his usual comical remarks and was definitely enjoyable to watch.
‘Hot Fuzz’ does have quite a slow beginning. As Nicholas Angel moves to Sandford, it takes a while to generate the setting and characters of this new town. A bit unnecessarily slow in my opinion. Although, when it finally kicks into the mystery of the film, the solving of the murders, or accidents as the others claim they are, the film becomes considerably better. Simultaneously, this is when the comedy and action arrive. When the plot finally kicks in, it is really good. Comical, in the usual satire or reminiscing of cinema we know well.
As I said ‘Shaun of the Dead’ is better. The whole beginning of ‘Hot Fuzz’ did feel unnecessarily long and slow. Nicholas Angel as a character was very rigid and I felt there weren’t as much comical elements in his personality, however Danny Butterman did hold the comedy. When the mystery kicks off, the action does get wild and enjoyable to watch in its mad explosions and crazy gun fights. One of the classic Simon Pegg and Nick Frost films – not as great as it’s original, but still good to watch with a few faults.