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November 08, 2007

DVD Journal: "Hot Fuzz"

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

With "Hot Fuzz," Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright -- the British cut-ups who were behind the zombie spoof "Shaun of the Dead" -- generate a few exuberantly silly, high-low comedy moments, but mostly come a-cropper. (I liked "Shaun of the Dead" and wrote about it here.) "Hot Fuzz" is an attempt to bust open the pokiness and eccentricity of an Ealing-style comedy with a lot of go-go-go, Simpson/Bruckheimer, MTV aggressiveness -- think of "Bad Boys 2" ramming into "Passport to Pimlico." But since the two tones never really come together, the film plays like an amusing-enough ten-minute skit that 'way overstays its welcome. With his lowkey deadpan, his pushy brashness, his old-man / little-boy face, and his compulsion to see his ideas and predicaments in comically overblown, American-movie terms, Simon Pegg is the Toby Young of actors.

"Shaun of the Dead" can currently be bought for $9.49.



posted by Michael at November 8, 2007


i dunno i thought it was pretty funny. i liked shawn more but then i like romero films more then i like michael bay stuff so i'm more open to that type of spoofing. it was funny to see timothy dalton hamming it up and having a good time. (is it just me or within 5 years after he stopping doing james bond he seemed to always look like he could be bond villian in everything i see him in ).

Posted by: t. j. on November 8, 2007 11:53 AM

Appropriately, Simon Pegg will be playing Toby Young in the film adaptation of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People - with Jeff Bridges in the not-Graydon Carter role! I don't think Hot Fuzz is as dazzling as Shaun of the Dead, but what is? Fuzz is still a treat. Pegg and Wright have a keen eye for what to lampoon in a genre that's already kind of ludicrous.

Posted by: Vince on November 8, 2007 2:39 PM

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