IAmMetaphysical Posted April 23, 2007 Report Share Posted April 23, 2007 I went to see Hot Fuzz friday night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Being a big fan of Shaun of the Dead I expected to enjoy the comedy aspect and the producer's sense of humor. I was surprised however at some of the non-comedic elements of the picture. First a short synopsis: Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He’s so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a place where his talents won’t be quite so embarrassing -- the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. Once there, he is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). The son of amiable Police Chief Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes his new big-city partner might just be a real-life "bad boy," and his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases he so longs for. Angel is quick to dismiss this as childish fantasy and Danny’s puppy-like enthusiasm only adds to Angel’s growing frustration. However, as a series of grisly accidents rocks the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems and as the intrigue deepens, Danny’s dreams of explosive, high-octane, car-chasing, gunfighting, all-out action seem more and more like a reality. It's time for these small-town cops to break out some big-city justice. First of all Nicholas Angel is a real hero, and unlike some movies that might make fun of the overachieving big city cop, this hero has NO shortcomings and ALL of the comedy comes from his frustration with a world that doesn't have the nerve to be principled. The first scene with his "superiors" sets the tone for the movie, showing Angel utterly baffled at his transfer to an out of the way country village, and when the inspector lets him in on the real reason for his transfer(that they don't want him around making the rest of them look bad) his puzzlement turns to anger and the last ditch effort to rally the support of his peers, which to his disspointment are equally as eager for his transfer as his "superiors" are. This dynamic, of Angel's naivete and puzzlement at the people around him who are content to live in mediocrity, is the underlying motif that sets the stage for the humor, the humor which lets us laugh at the people around Angel, while being desperately on his side, rooting for him all the way. Spoilers: When Angel starts putting the peices of the mystery of the town together, he uncovers what seems to be the plot of the local supermarket owner who, like the dirty capitalist he is, is trying to kill all his competitors to gain a monopoly on the town's grocery market. One of the movie's (hopefully unnaccidental)greatest aspects is that when the actual plot is revealed, it makes a wonderful identification of the nature of evil; the residents of the town are killing to undesirables of the town so they can win the "best village award." Angel's astonishment is key in this scene, as a motive like that is totally incomprehensible to him. He naively assumed that there must be some grand scheme at hand, some huge profit driven motive behind everything, then he finds out that they killed a woman because she had an annoying laugh, a man for being a horrible actor, another man for having a mansion which didn't go with the "look of the rest of the village," and a woman for wanting to move away, "If we can't have her, no one can" one of the conspirators says. The utter irrationality of the conspirators and the pettiness of their motive are a wonderful treat and change from the usual characterization of the villain as a misguided seeker of profit. The bad guys are constantly the object of ridicule, and Angel never is. He is the truest protaganist and most heroic I've seen in a comedy (much more than Shaun, who was a loser who stumbled through the nightmare who didn't notice for a good 20 mins of the movie.) Another bonus is that when asked to give a sermon at sunday service by the priest of the village Angel answers: "No thank you, that might be a bit hypocritical of me." "Oh, you are an athiest," the priest replies. Angel doesn't reply in the affirmative, but we get the sense that he is a non-believer at least, and that his integrity and his moral fortitude spring from a respect for the law, and the life it protects. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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