The Fussy Fuzz

After the success of Shaun of the Dead, writing partners Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg return with Hot Fuzz, a funny British homage to buddy cop movies. It stars Pegg as Nicholas Angel, the most overachieving cop in England. Angel is so good at what he does that he makes everybody else look bad. His superior (Bill Nighy) decides to promote him, but the catch is that the promotion reassigns him to the sleepy village of Sanford, where crime is virtually absent.

As expect, Angel fits like a misfit in Sanford. In the workplace, his laidback co-workers deem him as a serious-minded hardass, who is way too cynical for a little English village. Only his paternal boss (Jim Broadbent) and his pudgy sidekick Danny (the lovable Nick Frost) give Angel the due respect. Meanwhile, events grow strange as some locals end up in bizarre deaths. One unlucky couple loses their heads, or as one bloke tells Angel, is “decaffeinated.” Angel, applying super cop logistics, is convinced the deaths are not accidents. A serial killer must be in the vicinity. Could the murderer be Simon Skinner, the supermarket owner who sports a devious mustache? The whole situation is hairy and it is up to Angel and Danny to untangle the mystery.

hotfuzz-01.jpgHot Fuzz is solid entertainment. It exudes so much fun and confidence that it is so easy to sit back and enjoy the movie. The movie appears to be consistently hilarious. As an American though, there are moments the movie loses me due to British accent and British humor. There are a couple of times I looked at my friend, just to confirm I was not the only one clueless.

I enjoyed Simon Pegg who makes his fuzz fussy and realistically serious. His facial expression matches that of a no nonsense person unexpectedly trapped inside a comedy. Meanwhile, Frost’s Danny is a hoot as a cop obsessed with action flicks like Point Break and Bad Boys 2. I have never seen these movies, but I get the joke because I am familiar with the action genre’s unrealistic and flashy attitude.

hotfuzz-02.jpgWhat I liked about the film is its delightful fusion of different genres: comedy, action, mystery, and horror. Hot Fuzz handles all genres with great appreciation and aplomb. Plus, the movie creates a slick momentum as it goes from one genre to the next so seamlessly. Not surprisingly, I found myself caught up in the mystery part of the movie. I was listing out scenarios in my head as to how the whodunit will play out. When the movie finally pulls back its curtain, I actually thought the resolution was ingenuous. It perfectly hits the right tone: bizarre yet also silly. It was also the wicked set-up for the movie’s finale where our heroes are gun blazing into glory. Yarp, Hot Fuzz is one of the most hilarious movies of the year. It has set the comedy bar high for 2007 and I expect nothing less from an overachieving film.

Grade: A-

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, and Timothy Dalton

Screenplay by
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg

Directed by
Edgar Wright

Rated R for violent content including some graphic images, and language