I saw Hot Fuzz this weekend. I thought it was good but not nearly as good as Shaun of the Dead.
Now, I don't know if this is because I'm more of a horror movie fan than a action movie fan. I guess I like Simon Pegg playing a sad sack than an annoyed kick-ass cop. Shaun of the Dead had my friends and I rolling in the isles. I went with the same group and we laughed but not nearly as frequently or as hard.
Hot Fuzz is a fun little movie and I enjoyed it but I thought that Shaun was funnier and more inspired.
P.S.- It was a treat to see Timothy Dalton having fun on the screen.
These are my thoughts exactly. I love action films but I'm more of a horror fan than anything, and Shaun Of The Dead was a fantastic film for me. As OldSkool said, Pegg works better as the loser. After watching Spaced and Shaun Of The Dead numerous times, it was hard for me to make the transition with Pegg into a no-nonsense, by the books, ass kicking cop. I think the reason behind that is that I saw a lot of myself in Tim (Spaced) and Shaun.
Despite that though, it wasn't a total failure. Some of the action was fun, and some of the jokes worked. It just seemed to be more subdued than what I expected given Pegg/Frost/Wright's previous works together.
But as I said before, I did see the film under less than satisfactory conditions. I'm hoping I'll like it more when I get a better copy on DVD.