Film #102: Hot Fuzz (2007)

hotfuzz2director: Edgar Wright
language: English
length: 116 minutes
watched on: 20 November

I thought I would have already reviewed this film on this blog, but it turns out the last time I watched it was just over three years ago, longer than I thought. But when I watched it that time I was actually half-asleep, and I last properly, fully watched it when it came out six years ago. I remember laughing more when I saw it then than now – perhaps it was the atmosphere, being in a cinema versus being in my room, or perhaps it was the freshness of the jokes.

In any case, it was really good to get a refresher of the movie, which has a lot of little gags and references throughout. Compared to the previous times I’ve watched it, I noticed a lot more of the character development that goes on in the two characters – basically Simon Pegg and Nick Frost gradually get more and more like each other during the course of the movie, with Pegg’s character starting to use more cheesy clichés, and Frost’s character starting to use the correct police vocabulary.

I think it’s the high point of the “Cornetto Trilogy” – a fact I mentioned in the previous review of “The World’s End” (which spurred me into rewatching this one). I guess I should now complete my rewatching of the whole series and do “Shaun of the Dead”, which I can remember even less well. It also focuses on small-town England and involves a creepy conspiracy, but does it more effectively than its successor.

One of my favourite things about this movie is how every little plot point and detail comes back at the climax to form one kind of gag or device that the characters use. I think it just shows that the writing and the direction are really strong.

I don’t have much bad to say about this film, to be honest. I can’t honestly think of anything right now. I’m sure I will later, though: that’s how it always happens. Therefore I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone.


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