Posted on 3/12/07 06:34 AM
A buddy movie, a murder mystery, a comedy, a drama, a thriller and a gore flick all wrapped up into one spiffy little package - ?Hot Fuzz? is the film to see when you?re definitely not in the mood for a overly scripted coming of age romance.
?Fuzz? gives comic gurus Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the gents behind ?Spaced? and ?Shaun of the Dead?, a chance to perfect their skills in genre perversion. Just when you think you?ve got a beat on where the film is heading ?bam! (oooh? that was cheesy, sorry) - it goes in a completely different direction. After all, why make a typical fish-out-of-water cop movie when you could make a fish-out-of-water buddy cop action-comedy with visuals befitting of a gore flick? Screw convention, these guys can make anything work.
And work it does, my friends! Sure, the plot may be thin and the characters slightly clichéd, but who cares? It?s bloody funny and quotable to the point of distraction ? ?SWAN!"
Or maybe you just want to see how many film references you can spot? It?s fun, trust me.
?Little Children? - the story of two people stuck in unsatisfying marriages who happen to find each other while on their simultaneous spirals into deep blockades of depression. Oh, and a pedophile who moves into their neighbourhood.
Probably needless to say, but this was one of the most emotionally draining things I have ever seen. It?s the type of film where you walk out of the theatre unsure of whether you should feel disgusted or moved or (maybe) even cheated in some small way.
I subsequently find it really, really difficult to critique this type of filmmaking because I just flat out do not like it. They make me feel hollow and miserable. How?s that for entertainment?
And sure, the performances are flawless and yes the story is well told, but really, do you want to spend two hours watching people in the midst of depression? Do you want to see how long it takes before they break? I don?t. Not again, anyway.
There?s drama and then there?s? this? whatever it is. A cold, hard dose of reality that I really wasn?t ready for, I think.
Want to see things get blown up, blood splatter and the très sexy Jeremy Piven off his nut in an open robe? Then this is the film for you, discerning movie patron!
It?d probably be good if you?re not in the market for a coherent story, also.
I honestly wouldn?t have bothered with this film if Piven wasn?t a part of it. ?Entourage? has made me love that man. But, unfortunately, he isn?t on screen nearly long enough to make up for the rather disastrous plot or the terrible performances from the majority of the cast (Alicia Keys? Why?).
Not even Bateman could save it. Shame, that.