As bombastic as Bay. As big-headed as Bruckheimer. As bullshit as it wants to be. Edgar Wright, who found fame by spoofing the nearly spoof-unto-itself zombie flick genre in the amusingly delectible Shaun of the Dead, now finds a bit more fame (at least one assumes at the outset) by spoofing yet another spoof-unto-itself kind of movie. This time Wright, along with best buds (and Shaun co-stars) Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, takes on the high action buddy cop genre that has become the loudest damned thing out there with the likes of Bruckheimer and Bay blowing up just about anything that moves, stands still, lies down or takes a piss. And this time, as was certainly the case with Shaun, the result is almost as funny as the very thing they are spoofing.
The story of a London cop (Pegg) who goes so far above and beyond the call that his squad mates want him ousted for making them look bad in turn, so off to a small peaceful little hamlet where the biggest crime to solve is finding a runaway swan, and our intrepid hero is teamed up with the buffoonish bumbling son of the police chief played by Frost. Of course peace is not all this town is cracked up to be and soon our buddies come up against evildoers galore - like the whole freakin' town. Full of take-offs on everything from Bad Boys II to The Wicker Man to Point Blank to the Lethal Weapon series - even Moulin Rouge gets a quick riff - Hot Fuzz perhaps is no more or less funny than the films it spoofs, it is still a mad mad mad mad romp of silly gunfights and even sillier explosions - not to mention that damned swan. [04/21/07]