Here Come The Fuzz!


On friday night I got to attend a special PR tour showing of the new movie ‘Hot Fuzz at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse that pretty much kicked ass all around.

First, getting to see the new movie from the ‘Shaun of the Dead’ team a month before everyone else rules in its own right. But the way they presented the movie rocked too.

It was double featured with “Die Hard’ which we all got to enjoy on the big screen as a warm up to ‘Hot Fuzz’.

‘Die Hard’ on the big screen is awesome – from the minute the vault opens to the end of the movie – that segment is still some of the most exciting, nail-biting action ever. I’ve seen ‘Die Hard’ on the big screen about seven times over the years, but seeing it friday was probably the best experience with it since I saw it on opening weekend almost 20 years ago. It reminded me why I love movies all over again.

Then ‘Hot Fuzz’ came on and it was a riot. This movie is absolutely hilarious. It is funnier than ‘Shaun of the Dead’ although not quite as complete of a film. I don’t want to spoil anything but I will say this – the comedy in the movie works on about 5 different levels which could make it enjoyable for just about anyone. The more levels of humor you tap into though, the better the movie is. It’s kind of brilliant how they layered it.

1. For fans of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ – ‘HF’ is almost like a bizarro world image of that movie. There are a lot of references to ‘Shaun’ that are great but don’t have to be recognized for the movie to be hilarious.

2. The action movie parody/homages in this movie are brilliant. They recreate some key scenes and camera moves from some action classics. It is simultaneously hilarious and an ultimate homage to the fun of the action genre.

3. The weird country bumpkin british gags – they way they collide the action genre and this sleepy British village is bizarrely funny. It almost has a ‘Stepford Wives’ or ‘Wicker Man’ feel for a while. This was a level of parody/homage I wasn’t expecting from the trailer but I really enjoyed.

4. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – these guys are an amazing on screen duo – they own the screen in ‘HF’ – Nick Frost is now officially my hero. Just looking at the two of them makes you laugh.

5. The ridiculous violence – it is ridiculous and it is impossible not to crack a smile when it hits.

I really enjoyed this movie. The script works in so many action movie plot/structure conventions and then turns them for comedic effect that it is sort of mind-boggling. They did a great writing job. I highly recommend this one – I haven’t laughed so hard in a good long while.

After the showing we got treated to a very informal and very funny Q&A with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and the director Edgar Wright. It was surreal seeing the stars in person and even more surreal having them dole out comic gem answers a mile a minute.

At one point Nick Frost was instructing a woman to place frozen feces-filled condoms and dead cats under the floorboards of her annoying neighbor’s house in an attempt to drive her out of the cul-de-sac. Which was followed by Simon Pegg asking a male audience member if he was the hooker Pegg had hired the night before!

The Q&A was more like an improv stand-up act and the audience loved it. All three of these guys are extremely funny human beings and I can see how their team-work created such a truly hilarious movie.

‘Hot Fuzz’ hits US theaters on April 20th!

1 Comment so far

  1. Mik (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 9:31 am

    *jaw drops*

    *fills with hatred*

    If you like Pegg and Frost, see if you can find a t.v. show called “Spaced”, classic.

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