Hot Fuzz (2007)
Having enjoyed sitcom Spaced, I thought that I would take a look at the films that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost went on to star in together, that became known as “The Cornetto Trilogy” (and I know I’m doing them in the wrong order). Hot Fuzz starred Pegg (who also co-wrote the film) as Nicholas Angel, a police officer in London who is a big success and never switches off, but then he is unexpectedly transferred to work in Sandford, a small village in Gloucestershire.
This at first seems to be somewhere where very little happens by comparison, and it is something of a culture shock for Nicholas, who often spends time in the pub or supermarket with new colleague Danny (Frost). But it turns out that there is something rather suspicious happening. Nicholas becomes insistent that the place isn’t as quiet as it seems. Danny and his dad also work at the station and don’t believe what Nicholas says at first.
After further investigation, a rather shocking series of crimes is discovered. This all leads to an exciting showdown where all of the villagers (who are members of a secret alliance) decide to take on Nicholas, which results in a lot of shooting and old ladies’ heads exploding, leading Nicholas to shout “hag” at them, all accompanied by a great song from The Fratellis.
The remaining villagers who haven’t been shot soon realise that they will have to respect Nicholas’s authority. This then concludes with a huge explosion at the police station and people flying through the air (which is always a spectacular sight), although young Aaron A Aaronson turns out to be the unlikely hero, and after a while Nicholas and Danny finally become best buddies.
Hot Fuzz featured a great cast as well as Pegg and Frost, including Martin Freeman, Jim Broadbent, Bill Bailey in a syrup, Steve Coogan, Kevin Eldon, and Olivia Colman. When I watched the film for the first time, I thought that also featuring was Pierce Brosnan, but it was Timothy Dalton all along, I couldn’t even tell one James Bond actor from another, but I’ve learned some more about film since then.
There are 3½ hours worth of extras, which is so much that most of them are on a second DVD, going way beyond the usual deleted scenes and the like, and giving a really in-depth insight to filmmaking. Hot Fuzz also did very well with critics overall, and has gone on to be shown on ITV2 all the time, which is definitely an honour. I’ll be taking a look at the other films in the trilogy including Paul soon.