Saturday, April 28, 2007

Muriel Awards 2007 FYC #1

Best Ensemble Cast: Hot Fuzz

Yeah, it's a pretty great collection of Brit character actors both young and old. But while it's a treat to see Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Billie Whitelaw, Timothy Dalton, Edward Woodward, Paul Freeman, and more sharing the screen in supporting roles, lots of movies would have taken this as an excuse to over-cast. Not Hot Fuzz- not only are the cast members awesome, but they're awesome TOGETHER. Think of the easy rapport between the cops at the station, the sinister over-familiarity between the Neighborhood Watch folks, and the ongoing double act with the Andys ("because talkin' to 'em is an uphill battle!"). Half the fun of Hot Fuzz comes from the fact that these people know each other, which makes Nick Angel's presence in town an irritant. Fortunately for Sandford, he's the kind of irritant that produces a pearl in the end.

More to come, leading up to this year's awards. Feel free to stump for your own favorites.

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