Nicholas Angel, because of his dedication to the London police force and because he excels in his duties, makes his colleagues look bad, so his superiors transfer him to “crime-free” Sandford, a town in rural Gloucestershire, to save face.
Angel’s attention to detail and his following the law to the letter makes him the target of criticism and mockery by his co-workers. He meets Danny, a well-meaning but ingenuous PC who is in awe of his new partner and continues to pester Nicholas about his exploits as a member of the London Metropolitan Police Service. Angel and Butterman eventually bond over drinks at the local pub and over action films such as “Point Break” and “Bad Boys II”.
Later, as the Village of the Year competition looms near, a series of gruesome deaths occur, and only Nicholas and his partner can figure out just what is going on in this seemingly peaceful little community.
“Hot Fuzz” is the second in the Cornetto trilogy* by Simon Pegg and Ed Wright, co-starring Nick Frost, and featuring several actors from previous television shows starring Pegg and Frost, including Jessica Stevenson and Peter Serafinowicz from “Spaced”.
“Hot Fuzz” is a classic buddy/cop film: Nicholas Angel is the new Sheriff in town, and the representation of what seven-year-olds the world over want to be; Danny Butterman is the naïve but loveable partner and best friend, and the untrusting co-workers who we all know will follow the hero at the end. The reason such films are done time and again is because it works, and they make money; but, not only is “Hot Fuzz” a great cop movie which stands on its own, the way it mocks, satirises and salutes other buddy movies is done magnificently—even the cops’ paperwork is made to look exciting—, and exemplifies how parodies can be just as good as what they’re parodying—or even better.
9 out of 10
*Each film in the trilogy—“Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End”—is connected to a Cornetto ice cream. “Hot Fuzz” features the original plain blue Cornetto, signifying the police.