Hot Fuzz Review: Unnecessary violence in an otherwise smart film

Hot FuzzI must say that I was pleasantly surprised while watching Hot Fuzz and can’t wait to see it again. It’s a spoof of cop-n-partner movies, but the spoof is not so over-the-top. Rather the plot is interesting and engaging.

The plot is like this *possible spoilers*: A really good London cop is transferred to an outskirt village because of jealousy. Life is too simple for this life-on-the-fast-lane cop. Till he discovers a spate of murders happening in his little village that are covered up as accidents. With his partner… who happens to be the son of the police chief… the cop uncovers the conspiracy… and arrests all the bad-guys.

But this simple plot obviously misses the understated ‘british’ nature of the movie… it’s really funny in less-obvious ways… and also the character of the central character works because there is no buffonery in him (unlike the old Naked Weapon series or even Hot Shots).

 The violence, especially in the end, is certainly over-the-top and sadly, detracts from an otherwise extremely smart movie. Heads cut, smashed, etc, no longer have the shock value as before and now even a movie like 300 can get a laugh when heads roll.

I feel that if they did without the ‘extra’ violence… and especially reduced the … no wait, wait, wait… I’m totally ruining the spoof. The point of a spoof is that it breaks the genres, and gives an opportunity for a laugh to many people. I guess, I found Hot Fuzz to be interesting enough to rise to become a great movie. Which sadly, it isn’t. It’s only good.

But in the escapist entertainment business, even good, is good enough.


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