Hot Fuzz, a comedy that makes appreciable but not quite as brilliant use of buddy-cop genre conventions.
If a lot of Hot Fuzz‘s best bits are revealed in the trailer, the movie, admirably, still advances an actual story, even if it does eventually veer off into a bizarre, Wicker Man-esque communal conspiracy. Where the film is most comfortable and successful, though, is in more
quietly tweaking the personal conventions of the cop genre, as in the scenes of
beer and bonhomie that served as Shaun of the Dead’s underpinning. When playing upon these clichés of the gruff, melting-heart mentor and the newly hardened pupil, Hot Fuzz crackles, courtesy of the energy and interplay between Pegg and Frost. For the full review, from FilmStew, click here.