Last Friday I dragged Ashley out to the movie theater to take in the the British Action/Comedy, Hot Fuzz. In 2004, she had seen Shaun of the Dead in theaters with me because I helped her with a paper. As much as she didn’t like the gruesome, flesh eating zombie aspect she loved the characters. This time around she actually wanted to go see this one; and I couldn’t be happier.
Hot Fuzz is not a parody of the American action genre. It is actually a love letter to Micheal Bay & Jerry Bruckheimer, the Godfathers of Blowing Shit Up on Film. The third act of the film has some of the most ridiculous action sequences ever filmed. The last 25 minutes featured some of the most over the top shoot outs and fight sequences that I have ever seen. In typical action movies, the hero is usually shooting up some Neo-Nazis or foiling a nuclear attack. In Hot Fuzz we find our heroes in a ridiculous shootout in the town square which includes a good number of senior citizens. That isn’t counting the ultimate encounter with chief baddy, played brilliantly by Timothy Dalton, in a model village … like a Godzilla movie.
I have two favorite scenes, (the first of which could be seen in trailers) is when Nicholas Angel (Pegg) asks Danny Butterman (Frost) if he had ever taken a shortcut before. Angel proceeds to jump the fences and does some kind of flip at the end, and of course Butterman the oaf that he is crashes through the fence. The second of which was the grocery store shootout with the “fruit throwers”. This police force is shooting at kids who are throwing produce. Ridiculous by all means.
Hot Fuzz was a great action movie, that had just the right amount of violence, homo-eroticism, and high speed chases. Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost scored another home run with this one, I absolutely loved it. However I realize that some of you may believe that after having raved about 300 & Grindhouse, that my taste is to be questioned. The true test was Ashley, who happened to enjoy the Fuzz a great deal. It’s either that or she was just humoring me.