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    Hot Fuzz - Brit Film

    Post  carbarsd on Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:21 am

    Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz is about a serious cop from London (Nicholas Angel played by Simon Pegg) who puts his job infront of everything else in his life, even his prized plant! His superiors eventually think it would be best fo him to take a 'break' and is sent to rural gloucestershire where he is forced to do next to nothing due to the lack of crime in the area, and yet he manages to find and charge all the petty criminals from underage drinkers to shoplifters. First impressions of his new partner (Danny Butterman played by Nick Frost) aren't the best as he books him for drink driving and eat cake as punishment!As time goes by, Danny learns how a real policemen works as they attempt to solve the case of the missing swan.

    Soon after, people start dieing and the chief of police and Danny's father (Frank Butterman played by Jim Broadbent)is suspiciously quick to assume its just an accident and the other police and cocky detectives blindly follow. But newcomer Nicholas knows these continuous deaths aren't coinsidence and deffinetely aren't an accident, so he investigates until he finds a lead, which gets killed before they have a chance to talk. Danny attempts to teach Nicholas how to relax and simply do nothing by getting drunk and watching Bad Boys. Eventually Nicholas is attacked but thanks to his plant, he survives and goes on to find the neighborhood watch is behind it all, and the leader is Chief Butterman! Danny is foced to kill Nicholas but uses a cheap bar trick using a pack of ketchup and a carefully placed sab to fake his death. Nicholas is forced to return, but has a good look at a few action cop films to help him change his mind and raid the evidence locker, filled by him thanks to a trigger happy farmer, and goes on a frenzy to save the day and to put Franks reign to an end.


    This is my favourite British film because of the actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who since Shaun of The Dead, I have liked due to the way they worked with the director, Edgar Wright, to create a great Comedy / Action film like these two. I also like it because I have always loved a good comedy film, especialy ones with Pegg and Frost, because of the ridiculous violence and use of 'language' and silly puns. Like most Simon Pegg films, thtis film always has those quick switching shots, almost like a five second montage which gives you a clear idea of what he's doing and helps link two scenes together. My favourite part is where he has returned to the village on a white horse, complete with guns on his back, and shades on his face, and don't forget the toothpick. The close up to where he is trotting through the village and neighborhood watchers stare in confusion as if they had saw a ghost! The lng shots also create a good effect as he slwoly passes through to soon be accompanied by his parnter Danny as they both go on a killing spree, and you can see the link to the fillms they had watched by the way they dive round corners and make snarky comments after a kill like when the doctor gets hit, "your a doctor, deal with it". This film has many aspects which are similar to other films he has done and which the director has done. For example, in shaun of the dead, there were quick scenes which summarise, very quickly, what he is doing to ready himself with detail. He does this alot more though in Hot Fuzz because it is a good idea and an effective way to do it. ~His classic British attitude and 'working class' vocabulary is also a key feature which makes this film great as it was in Shaun of the dead, and Run Fatboy Run (even though this was released after Hot Fuzz). It wouldn't be the same if he didn't have that British accent and tone.


    Hot Fuzz was had a budget of £8 million and managed to make $80 573 774. It made £7.1 million on the first weekend of its release. It was released in February 2007. Hot Fuzz has been nominated three times and won two awards which were in the Empire awards and National Movie Awards, both for best comedy. IMDB rated this film as an 8 / 10 which is good and well deserved for this excellent film. Also, rotten tomato gave it a 7.6 / 10 and got 90% on the ‘tomatometer’ which, once again, is very good due to this films greatness. I have read several reviews and there was an abundance of positive comments and high ratings. Hot Fuzz had several methods of advertising, including posters in the cinemas and trailers on the T.V, cinemas and online on websites such as imdb.

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    This image shows how Hot Fuzz has been linked to Bad Boys and how Nicholas goes from a formal and serious cop to the 'Bad Boys' version of a policemen. This link helps the audience get an idea of what the second part of the film - where he returns to kill - is similar to.


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    Re: Hot Fuzz - Brit Film

    Post  Mr Fletcher on Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:36 am

    This is a good summary - well done. Can you identify any of the films, or even any of the kinds of films, that you say Hot Fuzz draws on for its ideas?
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    Post  Mr Fletcher on Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:44 am

    Good - although (and this is a general rule for everybody) please develop your ideas in a new post rather than going back to edit the previous post.

    Can you compare the ideas of these Simon Pegg films (which are ... not exactly genre parodies, more genre 'mash-ups' - the technical term for a text which is a mix of genres is bricolage) with some of the horror/comedy parodies like Scary Movie or the older action/comedy films like Airplane? Why do we seem to like these parodies so much? And does it help to be a fan of the genres which are being parodied?

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