In academia, one argues politely and constructively. In the realm of movies, however, I feel no such civilized restriction. So I can safely say this reviewer of Hot Fuzz is an idiot – and not only an idiot, but an ignorant idiot. Reviewing movies is one of the easiest jobs in the world. It’s almost impossible to screw it up. But he did.
Shaun of the Dead is really the only movie in the last ten years that I found completely refreshing. H introduced it to me. She also introduced Spaced to me. A pattern formed – things starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and directed by Edgar Wright are 10s.
So we went to the theater Friday night fully prepared to be disappointed – they couldn’t possibly top two 10s. We’d get a 7 at best. Maybe an 8.
Nope, we got another 10. I didn’t think it was possible to make a remake of The Wicker Man and Point Break simultaniously. Not to mention including Edward Woodward – who, despite our reviewer’s opinion, American audiences should quite well remember.