I’ve found a lot of great movies this year and I have two trilogies I need to talk about before the year is over–Lord of the Rings and The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. Since I watched Cornetto first, I’m going to talk about them first– also because they’re among the most funny, entertaining, and quirky films I’ve ever seen in my life. For the longest time, I couldn’t come up with anything to say about them outside of ‘THEY’RE SO GOOD. GO WATCH THEM RIGHT NOW” which would not have made the best post. Well, I’ve remedied that today with nine thoughts on each film. 🙂
But what exactly is The Cornetto Trilogy?
The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy:
The Cornetto Trilogy consists of three comedic genre films written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. They are unrelated to each other but I consider it proper to watch them in the order they were made; you’ll catch references and jokes from the first film if you pay attention during the second and third. Cornetto is a brand of ice cream that inadvertently appears briefly in some form or fashion in each film, which leads to the name The Cornetto Trilogy. (Alert to Martin Freeman fans: he appears in all three, each role bigger with each film!)
The Films include:
Shaun of the Dead, the first, is a romantic comedy zombie film–“Shaun becomes so lost in his personal troubles and dull life that he barely notices the zombie apocalypse happening around him; when he does, his first reaction is the protect the woman that he loves.”
Hot Fuzz is the second film, a comedy/thriller/mystery/action homage–“An exceptional police officer, Nicholas Angel, is transferred to sleepy little town of Sandford that turns out to be not so sleepy.” (Fuzz is a derogatory term for cop or police.)
Finally, there is The World’s End, which focuses more on character issue and dynamics more than the alien invasion spoof– “Chasing nostalgia from his youth when everything felt perfect, Gary King drags his four old”friends” back to their old town for a pub crawl only be caught up the extraterrestrial.”
Let’s start those 27 reasons now. 😀
1. In the zombie films I’ve seen, most apocalypses are portrayed as taking the characters by surprise in a split second, changing the world in a flash. In Shaun of the Dead, the apocalypse is slow; over a day and a night goes by before the main characters even notice because they’ve been so involved in their own mundane lives and problems. I consider this twist on zombie apocalypses brilliant!
2. The film’s image of humanity’s lack of zest for life being similar to just existing like a zombie is fantastic and a little nudge in the ribs. It’s presented very humorously, too, specifically during the title credits!
3. I consider this trilogy, especially this film, to be the essences of quirky-ness. I can’t stand over-done or fake quirky-ness in people, films, and the internet (for an example of fake quirk: Anna from Frozen–she’s not quirky, she’s an awkward air head. Gr.) I cling tightly to the truly quirky things I find. Out of the three Cornetto films, this is the quirky-est of them all!
4. The chemistry between the actors, especially Simon and Nick, lay groundwork for the film to really work. In many ways, it lays groundwork for the next two films as well–I walked away from Shaun wanting more of Simon and Nick acting together!
5. The main character, Shaun, is the most lovable guy–he’s well-meaning and soft-hearted. Although he lets the consequences of his passiveness sneak up on him, he does make a real effort to fix things with his girlfriend after it’s shaken him up. When he finally comes face to face with zombies, he’s more than capable of taking them down, too. I would want Shaun on my zombie team if I could!
6. This might be a short reason but worth noting… I love Shaun’s goatee in this film! I’m not really a beard person, but Simon Pegg really wore it well. ❤ I missed it a little bit in Hot Fuzz, lol. 🙂
7. This film is flavored with a distinct smart British humor–trust me, all the films are, but I’ll talk about it here with this film. British humor is smart and used effectively! Unlike a lot of American humor, British humor relies on sharp dialogue rather than sexual innuendos and fart jokes. British humor can sometimes be more subjective to personal taste, but if you enjoy TV shows from England like Doctor Who, the humor isn’t a hard jump to get and is very refreshing! It’s nice to have a trilogy of movies assume I’m a smart viewer who can understand good humor! A+!
8. That theme song–I love it, it’s so strange!! You gotta hear to believe it! (It is one of those songs I don’t mind getting stuck in my head.)
9. The film is unafraid to smartly. kill. off. characters. I won’t say much else, but a zombie film is no good if nobody dies…
Because zombies aren’t always everyone’s thing, I can see a lot of people avoiding this movie and going straight for Hot Fuzz. However, to me, although not mandatory, it’s still ideal to watch them in order if it is possible. My sister told me she was glad she saw Shaun first because she didn’t think she would have enjoyed Hot Fuzz as much as she had without it. Of course, that’s not to say you won’t enjoy Hot Fuzz without Shaun, I simple think Shaun makes Hot Fuzz an even more enjoyable experience. This has become a tongue twister so let’s move on. 🙂
1. The freaking opening…dramatic chilling walk, fastest character assessment ever, narrated by Martin Freeman… This film KNOWS how to begin and it’s amazing!
2. This film has a fun cast of quirky characters; from the villagers to the members of the police force, everyone is memorable! I’d hate to spoil anything, so I won’t say much here except that this film’s cast is outrageous fun!
3. Nick Frost’s best character work is in this film in the form of Danny Butterman. Danny is sweet and earnest; the perfect sidekick to Simon’s sharp character Nicholas Angel. Danny wants to learn how to be a better cop, and befriends and respects Nicholas as a friend and fellow cop in a very endearing way. Gotta love Danny!
4. Out of the three movies, the buddy relationship between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s characters is at it’s best here between Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman. The friendship’s development is so fun to watch, especially because their cops. Buddy cop films are the best, after all!
5. The murder mystery is actually great. When I first heard about this film, I thought it was going to more action driven. While there is homage to action, much of the story is more driven by a chilling murder mystery! The mystery element is handled very well throughout the script and editing, and it’s terribly fun to get caught up with Nicholas trying to unravel who the killer is!
6. Due to fantastic acting, chemistry, and writing, the depth of emotion in Hot Fuzz’s core characters is surprisingly touching! Every once and awhile, the film slows down just enough to give us little glimpses into the characters before dashing on. This makes for a more heartfelt ending. This is often lacking in action movies where the drive is more plot or action, so it was very satisfying to have a balance throughout this film.
7. The cameos in this film are outrageous! 😀 Even more Martin Freeman, a Bill Nighy cameo from Shaun, a Peter Jackson cameo (hard to spot!), a Cate Blanchett cameo…
8. Overall, this film is near perfection. It has an amazing atmosphere and plot pace; laughs are stretched throughout entire film; characterization is amazing, the action at the end is hysterical and fun, the mystery is well thought-out… it’s just an outright hoot!
9. Surprise! You knew I had to mention this: Hot Fuzz is one in my top ten favorite films of all time because I loved it so much!
What more do I need to say; I flipping love this movie as it’s everything I love from the murder mystery/action/comedy genre!
1. In the last two films, Simon Pegg’s protagonists had always been likable, but we get a change of pace with the character Gary King! Simon’s acting as an obnoxious character is actually great fun and really proves his abilities as an actor. Gary King comes off as very unlikable and insensitive throughout most of the film, but I somehow liked the character by the end of the story. I’d say that is all because of Simon…
2. This film has Martin Freeman’s biggest role in The Cornetto Trilogy. Martin plays one of Gary’s old high school friends and obviously does a smashing job. I’m a huge fan of Martin since his amazing work in Sherlock as John Watson. I get a kick out of seeing him play other roles while Sherlock on hiatus.
3. Even though this film is also a comedy, it’s a little different from the other two. The underlying theme of chasing nostalgia has an almost tragic feeling. The characters are more tragic-like, too. It’s a nice change of pace.
4. Martin’s character has a fun line where he exclaims “WTF”–he literally says WTF instead of the actual swear line–and it gets me every time.
5. The opening montage narrated by Simon Pegg is fantastic (this has become a regular with these movies–strong openings!) It’s a memorable part that gets paralleled throughout the rest of the film. It really sets the whole mood of the movie–a wish for the good old days, which is something we all chase in our own ways.
6. I love the soundtrack of this film; it reminds me of the type of soundtrack Guardians received, in a sense. Most of the songs come from late 80’s/early 90’s era and perfectly gives me a taste of what Gary chases after throughout the story. Out of all the films, this might be my favorite soundtrack.
7. This one is short, but I kinda want to cosplay Gary King. He has a smashing coat, car, and swagger.
8. They were completely R rated, but before the gang even got to their destination, there were two jokes that made me laugh so hard, I cried and had to stop the movie. I wish I could write snappy dialogue that this film displays among the five main characters. (The Three Musketeers bit. Oh my gosh, I was left for dead at the side of the road from that bit.)
9. I find it interesting that this is the most picked on of the three films. A lot of people don’t like this film–it may be because the main character is annoying and or ‘the magic spark has gone’ but I frankly enjoyed this film quite a lot. Comparing it to Shaun and Hot Fuzz, it doesn’t quite reach the same heights, but compared to your average American flick, it’s still very good.That’s where I stand on that subject.
Well, there is nothing more to say. These are some of the best films I discovered this year and it was about time I wrote about them. If you’ve seen one of these, you must tell me what you thought of it! Until next time…need anything from the shop? Maybe some ice cream?…