Script: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Cast: Bill Bailey, Jim Broadbent, Nick Frost, Olivia Colman, Paddy Considine, Simon Pegg, Tim Barlow, Timothy Dalton
Rated : 9 Stars
Pegg plays the role of Nicholas Angel, a tough city cop transferred to the countryside because his fellow police officers (never policemen, that’d be sexist), not to mention his superiors, think that his excellent work is damaging morale and statistics. In comparison to him everyone else looks crap. Moving to the country is not exactly ideal for Angel, and village life doesn’t really seem to suit him. On his first night there he ends up arresting half the village, mainly for under-age drinking, he also locks up fellow police officer, and future partner Danny. Because this is a cop buddy movie, and we all know that they have to start with conflict between our two heroes.
I thought the film opened a little on the slow side, not dull or anything, but smiles rather than laughs. However once it got started it made for great viewing. And the editing was fantastic. It is a parody of a cop/buddy movie, so expect plenty of references to action films, Point Break and Bad Boys 2 especially. If you haven’t watched at least a few of these films you’ll be missing out.
Nick Frost was really great in his role, I’ll admit that I saw him as “just the sidekick” type in Shaun of the Dead, and although he plays the same sort of role, supporting Pegg, he does a great job. You’ll also want to watch out for a host of comedians and actors that show up.
A great night’s entertainment.