Shaun has got a job. He’s not fond of it.
Shaun has had a girlfriend, uh, well, until now. He’s not very good at being the partner she dreams of.
He’s got problems with his housemates. He has never gotten on very well with his stepdad. He’s not a very mindful son. Now he has some, well, other problems as well.
So for a super long time we held this movie in a tremendous sense of reverence. And it’s only now, with a reflective re watch, that we came to a realisation.
It’s slow. The pace is off, by maybe a step or two every story beat. Not by much, but it’s there.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s still lush. It’s still the best zombie comedy, and there are still moments of genius in it. But maybe, yeah, just maybe, Hot Fuzz hits the pacing notes that we think this beauty really needs.