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Hot Fuzz

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Jeff Nelson

Hot Fuzz is a ton of fun and deserves much more recognition in America.

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The parody genre used to be a hit at the box office. Titles such as the Scary Movie franchise received quite a bit attention. Even horrible entries to the genre, such as Meet the Spartans, pulled in a good amount of money. However, movies such as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz never obtained such attention from American viewers. From what I can see, both of these films have received a bit more interest from audiences in the United States through Blu-Ray and DVD sales. Different viewers have a different sense of humor. This is why movies such as Hot Fuzz can be extremely hit and miss when it comes to the comedic aspect of the motion picture.

A top London cop is ready to die of boredom when his superiors transfer him to a sleepy English village to work alongside a blundering but well-meaning young constable. The town begins to stir with a series of grisly "accidents." Hot Fuzz is advertised as an action/comedy. Those who don't fully understand British humor will find themselves asking what's so funny. Unfortunately, I didn't find myself laughing throughout. However, I see Hot Fuzz as being an exciting and silly action film. While there are a few moments of the film that drag a bit, this is an overall fast paced motion picture. Once the craziness begins, some better humor is incorporated. The top cop, Nicholas Angel, and the well-meaning partner, PC Dany Butterman, are both interesting characters. They share some lines and action sequences that surely made me laugh. Hot Fuzz is recognized as a parody due to the fact that it takes the clichés of action flicks and constantly makes fun of itself. This makes for a more enjoyable action flick as it doesn't try to be anything more than it is. Hot Fuzz is purposefully an over-the-top action film with plenty of silliness to keep us engrossed.

Audiences should remember the two central characters from Shaun Dead. Simon Pegg performs as Nicholas Angel. He's convincing and certainly delivers the goods. He's great during the dialogue-driven scenes and especially the action sequences. Nick Frost is PC Danny Butterman. He's just as entertaining. These actors feel natural in their characters. I believe a large portion of this is due to the fact that the actors clearly had fun playing these characters. They didn't take the project too seriously, which makes the performances flow smoothly. The remainder of the Hot Fuzz cast is enjoyable.

Once the film goes full throttle, the action is awesome. Every action fan is sure to be absolutely engrossed during these sequences. The violence is just as over-the-top as the overall movie. The gore isn't meant to be taken seriously. However, the visuals during these scenes are great. The audio portion is just as impressive. There isn't a moment where the audience isn't utterly immersed in the soundstage. The entire track is aggressive, yet clear. The dialogue is exceptionally crisp and never difficult to hear. Hot Fuzz booms from start to finish with the subwoofer pounding the entire room with deep and punchy bass. The surround channels are utilized throughout, whether it be with ambiance or gunshots. Prepare to be absolutely engulfed in the track.

Hot Fuzz provides everything an action fan would ever want. Even though it has many clichés to spoof, the movie still brings more to the table than most other entires to the genre. The pacing is decent, although there are a few moments where things could have been moved along a bit quicker. It's not too big of an issue though. The script is definitely well-written, although not all audiences will understand the humor. The performances are fantastic as they feel believable. This cast makes the movie more fun than most actors could have. Hot Fuzz is a ton of fun and deserves much more recognition in America.

My Rating = Bellflower
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