Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hot Fuzz

The boys are back. The "Shaun of the Dead" crew is back for another round.

The tagline to this movie is: Big Cops. Small Town. Moderate Violence.

I just read that and I started laughing.

This movie is not what I was expecting. I was expecting slapstick comedy, and while there is some of that, the humor is grown more from the situation. And the situation is this:

Policeman -- oops, sorry, Police Officer -- Nick Angel is assigned from London to a small town simply because he's too good. He's super cop, but without a sense of humor. He's the one who would've politically corrected that first line about his position. Nobody likes him because he makes everyone on the force look bad. His girlfriend left a long time ago because she took a distant second to the job. When Nick gets to the town, he discovers that the police there have a rather lax view of things, even when there are several fatal "accidents" occurring daily around town.

You have to have a little patience to let the plot grow in this one. I.e., it's not a laugh-a-minute, although there are plenty of chuckles, guffaws, and plain lol's.

The script is wonderful, the actors are sparkling: while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have done it again, their supporting cast is just as good.

Thumb's up.

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