Following the success of Shaun of the Dead, director Edgar Wright and writer/actor Simon Pegg got together once again and made the second in their Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, Hot Fuzz.
Where the first was about surviving a zombie apocalypse, the second was a very English take on the buddy cop genre.
Simon Pegg plays police office Nicholas Angel who is moved from London to a small town in Gloucestershire when his great police work makes everyone else look bad. There he is partnered with the childlike PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost).
Following a series of grizzly “accidents” Angel suspects there is something more sinister afoot and sets out to uncover the dark secrets of this rural town.
As with everything Wright and Pegg have done, this is absolutely excellent. The script is sharp, the plot compelling and every moment is laugh out loud funny. The acting is pitch perfect and there are plenty of cameos from regulars from that world.
In preparation for making this, Wright and Pegg watched something like 150 cop movies and it show here. There are a great may subtle references and they loving pastiche the genre with great care and affection.
This is a great movie which absolutely needs to be watched.