The 3 flavors of cornetto series received cult status and at the same time, it impressed the audience with a fine blend of action, mystery, and comedy in addition to fast cuts, zoom ins, and Simon Pegg-Nick Frost combination. The core genre of the series is humor, slapstick as well as circumstantial, and satirical comedy Hot Fuzz is the best film in the series (only one that deserves “very good” tag).
The movie begins with the montage introducing police officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) and his achievements like; an expert in arm-to-arm combat, rank holder, armed response, high-speed pursuit, popularity in London community and highest arrest record. His dedication, passion and ability to stick to the law and do the right thing makes him a challenge before his colleagues as he made them looks bad. He was so good, that they reassigned him to a peaceful village, where the worst crimes include swan escaping, underage boys in drinking in the pub, putting ugly statues in public etc. Nicholas is obviously pissed off with the whole process of reassignment and constant mockery from his fellow colleagues. Eventually, people start dying and Nicholas digs deeper to discover the conspiracy that has been haunting the village.
The comic timings are perfect and entertaining, starting with little details that can make one roll on the floor, laughing. Simon Pegg’s brilliant performance is the pinnacle of the film and his chemistry with Nick Frost makes it even better. He is usually seen in eccentric or comical character (Shaun of the dead, the world’s end, Star Trek series, mission impossible series), in this film he constantly carries a straight face and comic moments include his gestures and dry sense of humor, notable scenes are the ones where he shouts at his colleagues for messing around him. Nick Frost has an adorable presence as the innocent police officer Danny Butterman who wants to live the kind of life he thinks his colleague lived, an action-packed life. Being a hard-core action movie fan, he sees every situation as a potential replication of his favorite moments from the films, like firing guns while jumping in the air. Supporting cast creates eerily creepy yet funny environment in the life of Nicholas Angel. Typical Edgar Wright style is seen in the technical aspect, like the fast cuts due to which second, maybe third viewing with slow speed is necessary to check if anything is missed. Quick editing enables the interest as the pacing increases thus we won’t realize time passage, but occasionally it can give one a headache making it impossible to pay attention to anything else. Along with the fast cuts, the camera movements have its own role to either create disorientation or thrill for the viewers. Numerous artistic moments with sheer visuals during the action sequences, the quick zoom ins are used in order to reduce the time frame. That’s a clever move by Mr. Wright, but slow down a bit. Constant usage of disturbing violence and gory sequences is prominent since the late 2000s, just like in Shaun of the dead, comic timings are in a way a relief. The structure of the film is done such that several genres are blended. In spite of the exaggerated plot, gory violence, bloodshed, and usage of cuss words, hot fuzz is one of the most entertaining films I have watched and the most enjoyable British comedy.
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