MOVIE: **** (out of 5)
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5)
BY KEVIN CARR
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is a London cop who is so good at his job that he’s making everyone else on the force look bad. They “promote” him to a position in the quaint town of Sanford. This county paradise has one of the lowest crime rates in England, but Angel soon learns that there is a darker force at work in town. Together with bumbling office Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), Angel works tirelessly to solve a string of bizarre murders that are written off as accidents.
WHAT I LIKED
“Hot Fuzz” was a fantastic follow-up to Edgar Wright’s “Shaun of the Dead.” It took on the buddy cop movies the way that “Shaun of the Dead” sent up zombie films. Steeped in British humor, “Hot Fuzz” pokes fun at some of the most over-the-top American action flicks, like “Point Break” and “Bad Boys II” (though, interesting to note, not “Bad Boys”).
One of the best parts of “Hot Fuzz” was that it gave Simon Pegg a chance to play off-character from what he did in “Shaun of the Dead.” You wouldn’t think he could manage the hard-core action hero, but he does. Sure, Nick Frost plays a version of his character from “Shaun of the Dead,” but they each give us something different.
“Hot Fuzz” manages to find humor not just in the mundane existence of a small town but also in the overblown nature of action films. And because of Wright’s deft directing, it works as an action movie on its own.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
Not a whole lot. It’s a damn fine movie. There are some slow spots, but only over-stimulated Michael Bay acolytes will be bothered by that… and they won’t quite get that Edgar Wright is actually making fun of them.
The Blu-ray comes with all the features from the previously released DVD, including outtakes, deleted scenes, feature commentaries, eight featurettes, special effects spots, video blogs and a making-of feature. There’s also the Fuzz-O-Meter trivia track and storyboard access via U-Control.
WHO’S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
People who love buddy cop movies and can handle the spoof. And people who like Edgar Wright’s brand of humor.