Hot Fuzz (2007) Review
A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town with a dark secret.
This film is a great comedy with jokes throughout. One particular moment that I thought was especially funny was towards the beginning where Sargent Angel (Simon Pegg) moved from the city of London to country village and when he arrives, he goes for a pint… of cranberry juice. By this point in the movie, it is already established that Angel is obsessed with his work and doesn’t know how to switch off. When he is in the pub, he looks over his newspaper and sees multiple groups of young lads drinking alcohol. He then looks at a sign which says something on the lines of “it is illegal to serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 18”. The look of Sargent Angel looks so upset and its time for him to go to work. This made me laugh so much and was only a little detail that I thought was hilarious. He ends up kicking all the youngsters out the pub to which the pub owners are furious as they now have no customers other than a few and ask Angel “another cranberry juice?” I thought this ended that segment so well and was hilarious. There are so many funny moments in this movie but this sequence has to be my favourite of this cop comedy Agatha Christie-style story.
I really liked Nicolas Angel's character arc of this movie. He went from the ‘perfect big-city cop’ that only focused on work and nothing else in his life, other than his peace lily, to a man that learnt to actually care about the people around him and learnt a lesson on being a good human being in the process. The fact that his arc was completed was due to some of his own realisation but mainly to the relationship that he had with PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) who is just excellent. A man that has never left his local village and enjoys life with the local villagers where everyone knows everyone really figures out how to break down Sargent Angel just by being in awe with the fact that a big city cop experience with guns and being stabbed isn’t just something that you see in the movies. It is when Danny introduces Angel to movies after a drunken pub trip that their bond really grows. Danny loves cop movies such as ‘Bad Boys 2’ and ‘Point Break’ and Point Break is used in this movie to a great extent where it is played homage at the end of the movie.
The editing like of all Edgar Wright movie is amazing and very heavily inspired by music. A simple montage of writing up crime reports in the middle of the night was edited at a pace that caught me completely off guard. Every movement of clicking the pen, pen touching paper, photos of the ‘criminals’ was quickly edited to cut out the boring bits but to show that Sargent Angel loves every aspect of his job. Another technique that was used in this movie that we have seen Edgar Wright use in his films is a seamless cut where the audience will have a focal point in the background and something goes in front of them to mask the cut to the following scene. In this case, it is a train going past. This is a clever technique that was used in ‘Shaun of the Dead’ during a montage sequence and was used again. Edgar Wright seems to have changed the game with the editing of his movies and it is great to see this style across the whole trilogy with a focus on editing showing that it can be really in your face and used to comedic effect.
All in all, I think this movie is a solid film and provides some great laughs and is near enough complete with characters arcs. It is no Shaun of the Dead which will forever be my favourite of the Cornetto Trilogy but Hot Fuzz is still a highly enjoyable watch. The script is well-paced with some excellent callbacks so I feel it is only right that this movie is well worthy of a 4/5.