Hot Fuzz (2007)
Not quite a parody, not quite a homage, but definitely somewhere in between. The team that made the funny spoof Shaun of the Dead are back with more antics, only this time bigger and more excessive. Simon Pegg is a great acting talent, and he propels this film forward with his deadpan expression and comedic timing. Unfortunately, the writing in Hot Fuzz isn't as sharp as in Shaun of the Dead, and the film suffers from it - especially when it comes to the dialogue and punchlines. Wright and Pegg try to make up for this by increasing the magnitude of their film, deploying an abundance of fine British acting talent and coming up with impressive, and sometimes delicately vulgar, special effects. At its best, Hot Fuzz is filled with the joyful spontaneity that typified Shaun of the Dead, but more often than one could hope for, Hot Fuzz is all about staging large, disjointed set-pieces. They might be fun for a while, but ultimately the film becomes stodgy and repetitive. I suggest Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg cool off with a cold shower before they make their next film.