Today marks the 5 year anniversary of awesomeness in my life. This list represents every movie my old lady (she…
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For the past 60 years, a space-traveling smart-ass named Paul has been locked up in a top-secret military base, advising world leaders about his kind. But when he worries he’s outlived his usefulness and the dissection table is drawing uncomfortably close, Paul escapes on the first RV that passes by his compound in Area 51. Fortunately, it contains the two earthlings who are most likely to rescue and harbor an alien on the run.
Paul was directed by Greg Mottola and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who also wrote it. It centres around them, playing 2 Sci-Fi nerds, on a road trip across America to see various famous 'alien' landmarks, and to attend a Sci-Fi nerd convention. During this trip, a real alien who happens to have an extremely crude personality and foul mouth escapes from top military base he's been hanging around in for the last 60 years. He ends up hitching a lift with our 2 heroes in their RV, and chased by federal agents across America. And so on.
Being a Pegg/Frost comedy, the first thing anybody does when watching is compare it with Sean of the Dead or Hot…
"Paul" will never be mistaken for a great film, but it is hard not to appreciate it for its myriad references to science fiction films, engaging performance by Simon Pegg, and laughs, most satisfyingly generated by Kristen Wiig. The film lacks depth (not that it needs any), and its parts never really gel; but it is an amusing 90 minutes.
Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead are two of the funniest movies of recent years. Aside from the perfect partnership of comedy legends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost,the reason these films were so great was both Edgar Ramirez's direction and the fact they are so British. Seriously could the Yanks deliver a film like Shaun? Could they fuck.
This is where"Paul" misses the mark. Yes it has all the Pegg/Frost hallmarks but lacks that Britishness that endeared them to fans everywhere. The film may well have the lads playing typically English sci-fi geeks, but it feels American. And that's part of the problem. Pegg's charm always shines through. Whether it's with a mouthful of expletives or a sarcastic put-down,…
50% good, 50% terrible. Paul has two key ingredients needed to be good; and those are obviously Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. And then it has some decent enough support from its cast, it SHOULD be a great comedy film, yet it falls short due to the inevitable fusion of British and American humour which in all honesty, only sometimes goes together well.
Doesn't really go well here, but the British duo do sometimes shine through and make parts enjoyable. Paul will never be a classic film; but is perfectly harmless (mostly) and occasionally fun. Comparisons to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are only natural, and probably unfair; since this will never match up to those.
I watched this in Thailand, waiting a really long time for a late bus. there was Thai subtitles. I was sweating and covered in bug bites. there was stray dogs and geckos and no wi-fi. all I ate was chocolate I bought at the duty-free airport. we still had a 12 hour bus ride ahead of us back to bangkok.
I thought this movie was ok.
It was bound to happen eventually: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at last stop making minor comic masterpieces and give us Paul. In the hands of lesser comedians this would most likely be seen as perfectly fine, but from guys with such a pedigree behind them it's a disappointment (and further suggests Edgar Wright, not involved in this, is the real talent behind their success). Paul is one of those films with a terrific log line, great promise on paper, but can never escape the shadow of being entirely, frustratingly, average on screen.
Why, then? Chiefly it has to the script; for a comedy, it just isn't nearly funny enough and, again, that's a surprise for Pegg & Frost. It's perhaps…
Jason Bateman: ★★★★★
What I learned:
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are a genius comedic duo
What can I say? This film just makes me feel good. I feel like Paul has gotten a bad rap. It coasted in and out of theaters, under the radar, and even now on Blu-ray, not many people are talking about it. It was very well advertised, but the continuous ads didn't seem to get the job done. I've heard quite a few times that it's not as good as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's other two films, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, due simply to the lack of director Edgar Wright. That may not necessarily be true. I'm a huge fan of all three of those guys. I love, and own, both Shaun and Fuzz (as well…
The voice of Seth Rogen fits the character Paul pretty well and its great to see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost back in a movie as well as Sigourney weaver but the film just felt too rushed, I thought the jokes were pretty flat and it kinda got boring after a while.
It hold ups very well, having not watched in a while so it was nice to be reminded of why i liked it that much the first time, i really recommend it.
I don't remember much about this film...
Like most nerds, I'm a bit of a sucker Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Beyond the array of pop culture references, I think this screenwriting team really nails down what it is to be an outcast and what brings us outcasts together without a hint of cynicism behind it all. They write really great character driven humor and never fall into that pop culture references at a machine gun clip trope. Director Greg Mottola (of Superbad, a Hughes-ian manchild masterpiece) is a great fit for the script. Having already proven in both Superbad and Adventureland that he could handle the big hearted moments, Mottola shows that he can capably handle the faster paced shit, too. This three headed creative team…
Much better than I expected based on the trailers.
At times very funny and clever. At other times confusing vulgar with funny.
At times making clever references to the oeuvre of Spielberg (with additional nods to Lucas and a few non-Lucas/Spielberg films). At other time way too on-the-nose provoking a "Yes, I recognize it already." response rather than an "Oh, I get it - cool" response.
Fun for what it is. Disappointing for what it could have been.
The best Simon Pegg/Nick Frost movie not directed by Edgar Wright.
Passable, but certainly not inspired. Relies way too much on references in place of actual jokes and really doesn't have anything to say about America or the movies it references. The cast saves much of it, although Pegg and Frost are probably the two weakest characters.
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