Hot Fuzz: All of These Murders and…Cultists?

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club we have the second entry in the Cornetto trilogy, Hot Fuzz.

HOT FUZZ

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DIRECTED: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

GENRE: Action Comedy Parody

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, France

Its been quite a while since I watched the Cornetto trilogy. For the next two weeks we will be watching the first two entries of the trilogy, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. We will not be watching The World’s End, as we already have a review for that one. Anyway lets start.

hot-fuzzTop London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. He is paired with Danny Butterman, who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found decapitated. It is called an accident, but Angel isn’t going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent “accidents”.

Time for our second entry in the Cornetto trilogy! Now the comedy duo of Pegg and Frost are police officers. While I initially thought that this was out of their wheel house, Pegg’s super cop to Frost’s bumbling idiotic role was perfect. Ihot-fuzz-073107 can’t leave out the actually interesting story, as I was actively trying to figure out who was murdering everyone. Also, I can’t forget the shootout towards the end if the film. God damn spectacular.

Initially, Hot Fuzz was the only Cornetto entry that I didn’t like. I mean at all. My gripes are still there, like the overuse of common tropes as well as uninteresting characters, but my second time through I took them with a grain of salt. Looking at the film from more of a satirical statement, I understand why it is funny. That’s why the score goes up in my book this time.

PROS:

  • Interesting story.
  • Main cast performance.
  • Shootout.

CONS:

  • Overuse of common tropes.
  • Uninteresting supporting characters.

SCORE: 6.0/10

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Shaun of the Dead: TimeSplitters and English Zombies

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club, we have the first entry of the Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead.

SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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DIRECTED: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy

GENRE: Horror, Comedy

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, France

Its been quite a while since I watched the Cornetto trilogy. For the next two weeks we will be watching the first two entries of the trilogy, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. We will not be watching The World’s End, as we already have a review for that one. Anyway lets start.

shaun-of-the-dead-wide-2Shaun doesn’t have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse… But for him, it’s an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive… And get his ex back.

I attribute Shaun of the Dead to the beginning of my love for black comedies. They are fantastic and I could watch their demented humor all day. For being a British cast I primarily haven’t heard of (except Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) they all worked their archetypes well and performed to the best of their ability. As the beginning of the film Pegg and Frost pairing, these two bounced off of each other perfectly with limitless chemistry. Shaun of the Dead actually wasn’t half bad of shaunofthedeada zombie film either.

Initially, my biggest gripe was that there are many references from British culture that I didn’t understand, obviously since I don’t live in the U.K. This time around, I got most of them and picked up most of the Easter eggs as well hidden throughout the film. Did you catch them all? My only other gripe is I wish I cared more about the more useless supporting characters. All I see them as is stereotypical Banta fodder.

PROS:

  • Zombie genre.
  • Cast performances.
  • Chemistry.

CONS:

  • Too much British references.
  • Useless supporting characters.

SCORE: 7.0/10

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The World’s End: Best Pub Crawl Ever

Hello everybody! Here is my review for the final film in the Cornetto film trilogy, The World’s End.

THE WORLD’S END

TITLE: The World’s End

DIRECTOR: Edgar Wright

STARRING:  Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike,

GENRE: Science Fiction, Comedy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, USA, Japan

The World’s End is the third film in the Cornetto trilogy. The Cornetto trilogy is a trilogy of three films that all star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, as well as being directed by Edgar Wright. The trilogy includes the films Shaun of the Dead ( Red Cornetto), Hot Fuzz (Blue Cornetto), and The World’s End (Green Cornetto). It is called the Cornetto trilogy because in each film the characters eat a cornetto ice cream.

The World’s End follows six friends as they try to complete the “Golden Mile”, a twelve pub pub crawl in their hometown of Newton Haven. The group attempted the crawl as teenagers over 20 years earlier, but failed to reach the final pub, The World’s End. The group includes Gary King (Simon Pegg), Peter Page (Eddie Marsan), Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman), Steven Prince (Paddy Considine), Andy Knightley (Nick Frost), and Oliver’s sister Sam Chamberlain (Rosamund Pike). When they return to the town, they discover that the townsfolk have changed into higher beings and try to replace them.

I have been waiting for The World’s End to be released. The film plays on the strengths of all of their actors and there is some comedy gold between them. Then again, it is always comedy gold when Pegg, Frost, and Wright get together to make a film. There are many reoccurring motifs in the film that are also quite hilarious. For example, Gary King’s thin understanding of what the acronym “WTF” means. The film also deals with the struggles of maintaining friendships.

I was slightly disappointed in the third act of the film, most particularly the ending. I don’t want to spoil too many things for you, but it makes a complete 180 degree turn and becomes a definite end of the world scenario. While that is normal for the Cornetto films, it was still disappointing at how big of a turn they made. They did wrap up Andy and Gary’s friendship struggles quite well though, and the epilogue of the film makes up for the climax.

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PROS:

  • Plays on strengths of their actors.
  • Interesting plot.
  • Hilarious Dialogue.
  • Cornetto Trilogy!
  • Analysis of friendships.

CONS:

  • Disappointing climax.
  • Film is darkly lit at times.
  • Some disappointing supporting characters.

SCORE: 9.5 / 10

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