“Hot Fuzz” – Nathan’s Movie Challenge, Week 18
“Point Break or Bad Boys II?”
The reason I love Edgar Wright’s films is because he pays attention to the details. Everything, in every shot, is planned, staged, edited, and choreographed perfectly to tell the story, tell the joke, or impress the audience.
The amount of visual storytelling going on is such that you could likely understand exactly what the entire film was about even with the sound off.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost manage to keep finding new ways to be an unlikely team. In Shaun of the Dead, they’re slacker best friends. In The World’s End, Pegg’s the crazy one and Frost’s the straight man. In Hot Fuzz, it’s the opposite – with Pegg as the ultra-serious policeman and Frost as the reluctant town cop who wished for more action. The dynamic and chemistry between these two make these films in the now dubbed “Cornetto trilogy” tick.
I like the Scooby-Doo-esque murder mystery at play, as well as the complex relationships and dynamics between the many characters. As a viewer, you love everyone – the protagonists, the antagonists, and everyone in-between. Everyone’s got their place and time to shine, and there’s barely a dull moment thanks to fantastic editing, scene composition, and a rollicking score.
Big fan, folks. Big fan.
Hot Fuzz was at the time of this review at #190 on my Flickchart list of shame (ranked #403 among the best films of all time). Here’s how it entered my chart:
Hot Fuzz vs. Brotherhood of the Wolf
As cool as Brotherhood is, it’s not nearly as well-oiled a film as Hot Fuzz.
Hot Fuzz vs. The Rocketeer
I really enjoyed The Rocketeer, but Timothy Dalton’s performance in Hot Fuzz alone outshines that of his Rocketeer role.
Hot Fuzz vs. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek III is one of my favorites of all the Trek films, but without Khan and The Voyage Home, it doesn’t stand alone as tall as Hot Fuzz.
Hot Fuzz vs. Looper
Looper wins. This kid is truly amazing – among so many other incredible things about the movie.
Hot Fuzz vs. True Lies
I’m a huge James Cameron fan, but even I can recognize that True Lies is one of (if not the) weakest films in his filmography. While still great, it’s not as great as Hot Fuzz.
Hot Fuzz vs. Out of Sight
This one was close. Out of Sight is top-shelf cinema. Hot Fuzz gets the nod for overflowing with entertainment value.
Hot Fuzz vs. Mr. Holland’s Opus
A personal one for me, Mr. Holland’s Opus caused physical and emotional response in me that 99% of films can’t. It wins over Hot Fuzz.
Hot Fuzz vs. Poltergeist
Yeah, as much as I’m gushing over Hot Fuzz, come on… it’s Poltergeist. One of the best horror films ever made.
Hot Fuzz vs. School of Rock
My favorite Linklater movie. My favorite Jack Black movie. It’s really, really well done. Hot Fuzz is still better.
Hot Fuzz vs. John Wick
John Wick! (Applause…)
Hot Fuzz is now ranked #106 out of 1405 movies on my Best Movies of All-Time chart.
Last up is The Night of the Hunter. In the meantime, check out the other films I’ve ranked during the challenge.