Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Hot Fuzz (2007)

***½
UK

What Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and their note-perfect cast did to suburban London with "Shaun of the Dead", they do to the sleepy country town with their second feature - only instead of zombie attacks, here you get sadistic serial killings. It's a thoroughly straight-faced (though thoroughly nutty) send-up of both the buddy cop action genre and the English countryside murder mystery. At least one of the several climactic showdowns is in itself a little masterpiece of surreal comedy.

dir: Edgar Wright
wr: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Paddy Considine, Olivia Colman, Bill Bailey, Steve Coogan, Bill Nighy, Kevin Eldon, Martin Freeman, Edward Woodward, Anne Reid, Cate Blanchett

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