As much as I loved Shaun of the Dead, I had a tiny problem with it. I felt like director Edgar Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg didn’t end the film very well. I thought it could have been a little longer and could have had a better ending. Other than that, it has become one of my favorite movies of all time, and it's become a huge cult hit with audiences and critics. I loved the action, the style it was shot in, the atmosphere, and I especially loved how the comedy wasn’t too over the top, yet still a bit ridiculous.
Hot Fuzz is Wright’s and Pegg’s second film together, and I must say, it really has blown me away. The film is hilarious, action-packed fun, and overall outrageous. In fact, I think it is way above Shaun of the Dead’s efforts, and it makes me look forward to seeing more action comedies from the duo.
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), a tough working London cop who is devoted to his police force, is making everyone else on his force look bad. The force decides to solve this problem by reassigning Angel to a small, dull town called Sandford. While in this tiny town, Angel is appalled by his new police force. He partners up with Daniel Butterman (Nick Frost), a lazy and fat police officer who wants nothing more than high speed car chases and gun blasting.
Unfortunately, I don’t want to give out the rest of the plot because it’s actually pretty damn good. The entire movie is very well balanced. It really does provide great action, as well as comedy, without being either too unrealistic or too unbelievable, yet it still manages to be outrageous. There are also a large number of films that this movie pays homage to, movies like Bad Boys II, Point Blank, Lethal Weapon, and a handful of other buddy cop/action movies.
This movie was very well done, and had a great blend of action and comedy. My problem with Shaun of the Dead was satisfied with Hot Fuzz, with the film being two hours in length, and nothing feeling rushed, repetitive, or any bit of boring. The entire movie was thrilling and packed with action and laughs. This movie is definitely worth seeing, especially if you are with the cult crowd.
The DVD is filled with special features. There are outtakes, deleted scenes with commentary, a trivia meter, press tour footage, and a couple of other features. I was satisfied with the extras on the disk. If you haven't seen the movie before, the DVD is something you should own.