Hot Fuzz

Year: 2007
Production Co: Big Talk Productions
Studio: Focus Features
Director: Edgar Wright
Producer: Tim Bevan
Writer: Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Steve Coogan, Bill Nighy, Tim Freeman, Edward Woodward, Paddy Considine, Cate Blanchett, Peter Jackson
The guys behind Shaun of the Dead look like being the parody kings of the 21st century in true fanboy style - shooting gentle barbs at genres they grew up with and love.

This time it's American-style action cop movies as London supercop Nick Angel (Pegg) is reassigned for making the rest of the metropolitan force look bad, sent to small town UK where the most serious crime is a swan on the loose.

Once there he meets the local misfits - including the plod - and while thinking he'll quietly go insane, is instead intrigued by a slew of macabre killings.

When the townspeople write the deaths off as accidents, Angel isn't convinced, going over the heads of the snide detectives and his commanding officer to get to the truth.

The whole thing is brilliantly conceived and almost as brilliantly executed. Both the laughs and the story are multi-layered and any criticism of it changing tone is entirely wrong as that's the whole point. That the penultimate shootout tales place in the drowsy streets of Sandford instead of Miami, LA or some other such glamourous location is both high comedy and cutting satire of the sort of films Pegg and Wright are satirising.

From the broad, explosive laughs (Frost's 'what a cunt') to all the subtleties you can't possibly pick up on a first viewing (the clink of change into the swear jar during Angels' frustrated outburst), the laughs hardly let up for a second, and the writer/director team prove their mettle once again and hit every note they were aiming for.

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