Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Rafe Spall, Olivia Colman, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Joe Cornish, Alice Lowe, David Bradley, Bill Bailey, Stephen Merchant, Julia Deakin, Cate Blanchett, Steve Coogan, Peter Jackson
Part of: The Cornetto Trilogy
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is London’s star police man. But his success makes the rest of the service look bad, so he is reassigned to the small town of Sandford, where he’s partnered up with Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). Sandford might officially be the safest town in the UK, but Nick’s investigations soon turn up some weird things, when a series of freak accidents start.
Man, I really love this movie. It’s funny, fast-paced and riddled with cameos (some of which I only just learned about, like Peter Jackson and Cate Blanchett). It’s just an absolute joy to watch.
It’s really been way too long that I watched the film. I was surprised by how little I remembered of it, though there were still some things that are burned in my memory, even if I haven’t thought of them in a while. Like that Romeo and Juliet performance.
But no matter if I recognized the jokes or if it was like I’d seen them for the first time, the film had me laughing out loud several times. And sometimes it just had me grinning like an idiot. But there wasn’t a minute where I wasn’t thoroughly entertained.
It’s a wonderful take-down and homage at the same time of the buddy cop genre (just as Shaun of the Dead is take-down and homage of zombie movies). And it’s no surprise that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost work extremely well together. Their friendship translates well on screen.
Edgar Wright has perfect control of the timing in the film. The jokes come at the right time, the plot moves forward at a brisk pace and every beat is just right on time. Perfection.
Summarizing: Comedy classic.