15 June 2007

Fuzzy Thinking

film1-1If you haven’t seen Hot Fuzz yet, do so ASAP. Yes: it’s funny, it’s cheeky, it’s smarter than hell. But here’s something you probably haven’t heard: It’s breathtakingly economical. There’s not a moment of fat in it, every scene, and almost every bit of every scene, proving relevant to something elsewhere in the movie. You wouldn’t expect such a film to be put together with such contrapuntal technique, but there it is, and it’s an impressive feat. It’s also deeply allusive, for those of you into that sort of thing. I spotted allusions to Yojimbo, Once Upon a Time In Mexico, The Omen, The Wicker Man (the original), Straw Dogs and Chinatown, among others. Bloody clever--- and yes, a bloody lot of fun. See it.

BTW, this page is loading very slowly because of some scripts and links to Enetation in the UK. Unfortunately, I can’t be bothered to go through the trouble of removing all such stuff right now. Oy. My apologies. Maybe I’ll get around to it sooner or later.


Pious Labours said...

Saw Hot Fuzz recently, and it surprised me: just when i thought it had lost me/turned into a mystery, BAM! Very clever.

j said...

brit humour; sometimes an acquired taste . but in terms of intelligence, trainspotting is still unmatched