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.)