Sunday, February 18, 2007

Whoop, whoop. It's the sound of the Fuzz...

It is hard to believe that Spaced only lasted for 2 short seasons (1999-2001), it so completely captured the feelings of the period towards popular culture that it still remains a reference in its own right.

Even more hard to believe is that we had to wait until 2004's Shaun of the Dead to see the team of Wright, Pegg, Frost and friends reunited. Made for a mere $4 million its very British sense of humour managed to gross well in excess of 5 times that amount in the US and UK alone. Also a major hit on DVD we were guaranteed a follow up.

After toying with a direct sequel to Shaun the team instead went for lampooning their other favorite genre of action flicks.

I will admit that when I first heard about Hot Fuzz I wasn't completely sold on the idea. The best I could imagine would be a film version of the Bill with slightly knowing winks at the audience, but then I had faith in the dream team of Brit big screen comedy and so I, along with many, waited.

Ignoring the joke of releasing a film like this on Valentines day, the humour and parody kick in almost immediately with a wink to Infernal Affairs, or should that be The Departed (slight aside, is it just me or is it most indicative of the current state of films that a remake of a 5 year old film gets nominated for 5 Oscars!).

All the way through the jokes are well crafted, with many of them relying on the impeccable comic timing of the players. The players which represent a who's who of British comedy (I'm sure it wasn't a lack of talent that required one person to take on 2 roles) and all play their parts wonderfully. Even better is to see Ewar Woowoo on the big screen, thinking that to myself gave me a laugh out loud moment which no one else in the packed cinema seemed to understand.

The film neatly breaks down into two distinct parts. The first 3/4 is all setup, introducing main characters and numerous support roles, as well as the mystery to be solved. Then you get an almost completely different film for the last 1/4 which I am sure you can guess is the major action set piece. A formula pulled right from the action film play book that Michael Bay takes to bed each night (okay he misplaced it while making Pearl Harbour and The Island).

Frost and Pegg are suitably well paired again, but it is interesting to see that they can play a subtly different dynamic, at least for a while. There is a moment on a sofa where I really thought the duo would manage to show us something other than Tim and Mike, but alas it was not to be. Still I would much rather watch 2 hours of Tim and Mike than most of what else was on offer on the other screens that night.

It is easy to sum up Hot Fuzz, if you liked Shaun or Spaced then you will love this, if you didn't you won't. Where the team of Wright/Pegg/Frost go next is any one's guess, I just hope that it is something a little different, but just as good as where they have been before.


She-ra said...

Really? Check my blog in the next couple of days for a somewhat differing point of view.

In fact check it now - new blog about the belly


Coach Factory said...

michael kors, true religion jeans, nike air max, air max, louboutin, nike air max, polo ralph lauren outlet, oakley sunglasses, prada outlet, ray ban sunglasses, louboutin, prada handbags, longchamp handbags, chanel handbags, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, true religion, michael kors handbags clearance, coach purses, toms shoes, coach factory, ray ban, louis vuitton outlet online, gucci outlet, michael kors, ray ban sunglasses, jordan shoes, tory burch outlet, burberry outlet online, coach outlet store, true religion outlet, nike shoes, michael kors outlet, nike free, michael kors outlet online, oakley sunglasses, kate spade handbags, louis vuitton handbags, kate spade outlet, longchamp outlet, air max, coach outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, tiffany and co, cheap michael kors

Coach Factory said...

hollister, marc jacobs, nfl jerseys, abercrombie and fitch, north face jackets, lululemon, vans, giuseppe zanotti, yoga pants, timberland, birkin bag, ray ban pas cher, hermes, nike air max, hollister, beats by dre, ferragamo shoes, new balance shoes, air jordan, babyliss pro, mont blanc, mulberry, nike roshe run, mcm handbags, nike free, louis vuitton, michael kors, longchamp, air max, oakley pas cher, ralph lauren, wedding dresses, louis vuitton, ralph lauren, karen millen, hogan, instyler ionic styler, lancel, supra shoes, juicy couture outlet, louboutin, rolex watches, burberry, reebok outlet, nike free, converse shoes, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, montre pas cher, north face outlet

Coach Factory said...

oakley sunglasses outlet, canada goose, oakley vault, asics gel, ghd, oakley sunglasses outlet, canada goose outlet, moncler outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, moncler, moncler, oakley outlet, valentino shoes, ralph lauren, oakley sunglasses cheap, cheap sunglasses, oakley vault, ugg boots, soccer jerseys, ugg boots, cheap sunglasses, jimmy choo, ugg boots, ray ban, insanity, canada goose, louboutin, oakley vault, soccer shoes, herve leger, canada goose outlet, oakley sunglasses cheap, oakley sunglasses outlet, bottega veneta, p90x3, gucci, cheap oakley sunglasses, canada goose, ugg, moncler, canada goose, cheap oakley sunglasses, chi flat iron, celine handbags, oakley, tn pas cher, oakley outlet, cheap sunglasses, oakley sunglasses cheap

dong dong23 said...

mont blanc
tory burch outlet
michael kors handbags
louis vuitton handbags
nike roshe runs
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
christian louboutin sale
nike uk
true religion outlet
fitflops sale clearance
michael kors
coach outlet
hollister clothing store
adidas originals
nike basketball shoes
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet clearance
coach outlet store online
michael kors bags
louis vuitton outlet
jordan 3 infrared
nike air max
true religion jeans
air jordan 13
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
ugg boots
coach outlet
true religion shorts
kate spade
christian louboutin shoes
cheap oakleys
jordan 6
jordan shoes
louis vuitton outlet
oakley vault

Gege Dai said...

canada goose jackets
ugg outlet store
salomon shoes
football shirts
coach outlet online
ugg outlet
ray-ban sunglasses
nike free run
michael kors outlet
mulberry sale
replica watches
oakley sunglasses
ugg outlet
bottega veneta outlet
longchamp solde
ray ban sunglasses
hollister shirts
air max 90
coach outlet
puma shoes
louboutin pas cher
cheap nike shoes sale
louis vuitton bags
coach outlet clearance
michael kors outlet
burberry outlet store
louis vuitton neverfull
michael kors outlet
swarovski crystal
canada goose jackets
cheap football shirts
ed hardy clothing
lacoste shirts
nike roshe run
cazal sunglasses
louis vuitton pas cher

chenmeinv0 said...

coach factory outlet
hollister outlet
nike shoes
oakley canada
ray ban pas cher
christian louboutin sale
coach handbags
michael kors purses
toms shoes for women
ralph lauren polo shirts

chenmeinv0 said...

mbt shoes
kate spade outlet
adidas originals tubular
vans outlet
ray ban sunglasses
ferragamo shoes
nike magista obra
ugg boots clearance
jordan shoes
michael kors outlet online

林磊 said...

20170619 leilei3915
mlb jerseys
cheap jordan shoes
coach outlet
ray ban sunglasses
mbt outlet
ralph lauren uk
cheap nhl jerseys
cheap ray bans
cheap oakley sunglasses