Hot Fuzz is one of my favorite movies, so when I see that Edgar Wright has a new movie out, I have to go see it as soon as possible.
If you haven’t seen the first two movies in the “Cornetto Trilogy”, you won’t be lost when you watch this movie, but you will miss out on certain joys. Like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this movie is sort of an homage/parody of a movie genre. This time it’s aliens.
Maybe it’s because the characters are about my age, but I thoroughly enjoyed the early 90s references. Sisters of Mercy? Do the kids even know who they are? And Simon Pegg as that one guy in school who thought he was cooler than he really was, that skinny, tall guy dressed in a long black trench coat (before Neo did it in the Matrix) who listened to Soup Dragons on full blast.
So, basically, these five friends reunite to complete their pub crawl from 20 years ago. 12 pubs, one night. My first question was, why does a small town have so many bars in it? Then again, what else is there to do in small towns?
Personally, I think the movies starts off a bit slow. Once the pub crawl finally starts, that’s when the movie picks up and I started laughing. Also, the fight scenes seem to be pretty well choreographed. Then again, what do I know? I just liked the way those scenes flowed.
One of the things I like about Edgar Wright movies is that he uses the same actors in most of his movies. I was watching The World’s End and recognizing actors that had roles in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. “Hey, I think that’s Mary! The first zombie Shaun encounters.” “Look, it’s the other Andy!”
And I don’t care what anyone says, I enjoy Simon Pegg teaming up with Nick Frost. They play off each other well and it doesn’t matter who is the straight man and who is the foil.
Overall, I liked the movie. My favorite will always be Hot Fuzz, but this film is one that will be on my “Ooh that’s on let’s watch it” list.