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It's about to get Real. Real funny.*

Hot Fuzz (2007)
Written by: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, David Bradley, Steve Coogan (uncredited), and Cate Blanchett (uncredited; even if you don't blink, you still might miss her)

Synopsis: PC Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is a successful London cop, but when his superior abilities start to make everyone else in his department look bad, he's transferred to rural Sandford, a quiet village with a practically nonexistent crime rate. Along with his new partner, inexperienced and bumbling PC Danny Butterman (Frost), Angel has little to do other than patrol for speeders and try to catch an escaped swan. All that changes, however, when a string of supposed "accidents" results in the deaths of a number of Sandford's citizens. Is there a killer on the loose?

I'll keep this relatively short and sweet: this movie was funny and you should watch it. It worked really well as a kind of spoof on big budget action flicks like Die Hard or Bad Boys. The plot is quite silly -- not to mention completely unbelievable -- but that makes the film perfect to watch when you really don't want to have think about anything. I was feeling pretty down yesterday, but watching Simon Pegg and Nick Frost try to act like action heroes made me feel a hundred times better. Plus, certain lines just sound hilarious when spoken with a British accent. You know it's true.

All the big names in relatively small roles was one of the most entertaining things about Hot Fuzz. People like Bill Nighy, Steve Coogan, and Jim Broadbent pop up throughout the film. Director Peter Jackson even appears in a flashback as a thieving Santa. And, if you don't already know her role, it's fun play "Where's Cate Blanchett?".

I haven't seen Shaun of the Dead (I know, I know, I'm terrible!), but I'm liking the Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright combo, so I think it might be next on my watch list.


*(Please don't comment simply to correct my grammar. I'm fully aware of the mistake. I did it on purpose, thankyouverymuch.)

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marymary
Apr. 2nd, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
This is such a funny movie! Not for those who can't stand a little gore, but it's all in good fun.

The broad strokes of it are a pretty classic murder/conspiracy story, but they do so many unique and delightful things with it.

For example:

watching Simon Pegg and Nick Frost try to act like action heroes made me feel a hundred times better.

Yes, I can imagine! Simon Pegg in that role is genius. I love how well he commmunicates who his character is. He does that thing that great comic actors do -- he just is the guy and the funny comes from that.

Plus, certain lines just sound hilarious when spoken with a British accent. You know it's true.

I do know that. :)
13_pines
Apr. 3rd, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't mention the gore! I knew I was forgetting something! It's done in a humorous way, so it's not too bad (However, I'm not easily grossed out by that stuff, so others might disagree!).

he just is the guy and the funny comes from that.

I love Simon Pegg's ability to be funny without being overtly silly. He's the straight man in this, yet he's still the most hilarious part of the movie. I saw Run, Fatboy, Run a couple of years ago, which was the first thing I ever saw him in, and he was just too cute!
olsonm_raymond
Apr. 3rd, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Haven't seen this movie. I'm here for the icon. O;-) It's from this year's oscars isn't it? *happy*
13_pines
Apr. 3rd, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Yes, it is! I was so excited to run across this one. I'd been looking for an icon of Cate from the Oscars since...well, the Oscars! I have a couple more I haven't uploaded to LJ yet. I found them here: lesyeuxviolet.(FYI: her icons are amazing, but I think she makes posts members only after a few days)
olsonm_raymond
Apr. 3rd, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Thanks Pines!
13_pines
Apr. 3rd, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
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