A film that is guaranteed, every time, to make my personal top ten list is the Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg film, Hot Fuzz. In light of the upcoming and final installment of the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy,’ The World’s End, I thought I’d share this love.
The plot of Hot Fuzz is one that revolves around Sergeant Nicolas Angel, a top performing London police officer, who is sent to a small country village where he struggles to come to grips with the slower pace. In amidst this struggle is the paranoia that something is big and sinister is happening in the town. When people start dying, Angel and his partner Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) are the only people who believe the crimes are connected. The following film follows the pair as they try and uncover the truth behind the murders.
The reason why this film rates so highly for me is the humour and intelligence behind the story. Without giving any spoilers away, there are numerous lines of dialogue said at the start of the film that can be linked to the actions and revelations of the climax. The lest spoiler-worthy and most obvious of these is the appearance of Aaron A. Aaronson, which is a reference back to dialogue from the middle of the film. Not only do watchers double take at the name of the character but so too does Angel.
The intricacies do not stop there as numerous movies are visually or verbally referenced. The two most obvious of the homages are to the films Point Break and Bad Boys II. Whats makes Hot Fuzz such a pleasure to watch is the mixture of comedy, action and the spot-the-homage intertextuality. Being one of a small number of British action films that aren’t part of the James Bond franchise, Hot Fuzz manages to bring audiences into the small village community then lets us sit back and watch as it all gets blown to pieces.