Hollywood may hog all the lime light with its superheroes and CGI magic but Britain has always been a home for excellent film making. Whether it has come out of the studios of Pinewood, Ealing or Elstree we should all be proud of the films our beloved country makes. We do not need a big green monster to make a film nor do we need billions of dollars to make something entertaining. We are the country that made the Carry on films, Trainspotting and The Italian Job and we have offered the world such talents as Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Caine and Danny Boyle.
So, stand aside Hollywood with all your glitz and glamour, it is Britain’s time to shine…
5. Hot Fuzz
We first met Simon Pegg and Nick Frost way back in 1999, when the brilliant television series Spaced hit our screens. Frost and Pegg, two then unknown actors, played best mates Tim Bisley and Mike Watt, one was a comic drawing, loveable nerd and the other one a territorial solider who once tried to invade France single handedly with a tank. It was love at first sight.
Spaced went on to become a cult classic running for series and then the two actors, along with director Edgar Wright, went on to make the hilarious zombie comedy, Shaun of the Dead, a film that made you proud to be British. Typically comedies from our side of the pond are written by Richard Curtis and star Hugh Grant as some charming yet down trodden protagonist in need of some loving. But Shaun of the Dead resembles more George Romero’s cheap zombie flicks then Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Then three years later, the trio offered us up a slice of one of the funniest comedies ever made by human beings. Hot Fuzz tells the story of Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), a brilliant Metropolitan Police Officer who is transferred by his superiors, for the sole reason that he is making the rest of his team look bad, to the tranquil and “crime-free” town of Sandford. He soon buddies up with PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), a policeman who probably doesn’t know what the Miranda rights are but could cite the whole of Point Blank word for word for you. The film is a brilliant pastiche of every single action convention you can think of and they pull it off so well that you don’t for one second think that they are mocking the genre but instead honouring it.
The film has a stellar supporting cast of British actors and actresses from the likes of Adam Buxton, Jim Broadbent, Bill Bailey, Timothy Dalton, Paddy Considine and Olivia Colman. It even manages to have blink and you will miss them cameos from the likes of Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson as a violent Father Christmas and Cate Blanchett as Angel’s ex-girlfriend. A comedy this good is hard to come by and it is one of those rare ones that is endlessly rewatchable over and over again till your point your dad even quotes it. In the word’s of Danny Butterman it is “off the fucking chain”.
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