This feature is where we discuss a topic of film and decide which three movies from that specific topic fit into the categories of ‘acquire, hire or fire’. We will be getting guests to do their versions too. Guests may include readers, fellow writers or even stars of film. Today, it’s Cineroom’s editor Adam Ray Palmer.
'Acquire' means a film you would buy, 'Hire' means you would rent it and 'Fire' of course means you wouldn’t give it the time of day.
Today’s theme is ‘The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy’.
My ‘hire’ movie is the 2007 effort from Edgar Wright, Hot Fuzz. This serves as the ‘follow up’ to Shaun of the Dead that was released three years earlier. When I say follow up, I simply mean it stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with Wright at the helm; the spiritual sequel if you like. Hot Fuzz is a dark comedy providing the perfect blend of silly gore and witty quips. It reminds me a little bit like a funny episode of Midsomer Murders. You saw Edgar’s writing evolve here in Hot Fuzz which set the tone for the final instalment of the trilogy – a mad finish. I enjoyed Hot Fuzz, but not enough to take top spot.
As you will tell from my “mad finish” comment, The World’s End is my ‘fire’ movie. Sticking true to form, Edgar’s final film in the Cornetto Trilogy starred Nick Frost and Simon Pegg once again; however, the quality didn’t follow suit in my opinion. With this picture, Edgar seemed to lose control of his pen and the writing went barmy but the comedy took a dive. I wouldn’t go as far as saying this is a bad film, just no way near the standard that Wright and Pegg are capable of.
There’s of course only one winner here, and it was the first ever instalment. The cast is on point, the writing is next level and the comedy is so funny that you’re still repeating lines from this movie nearly 15 years on – don’t lie people, we are! I remember watching this on DVD in my younger years and feeling quite nervous that it would scare me. I was quite surprised that I was crying with laughter through the majority of the runtime. I think it’s Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s chemistry that really makes Shaun of the Dead tick. You will them to succeed, and a little part of me wishes I was in the mess with them because it seemed a right laugh! Anyway, let’s go to the Winchester and discuss this further…