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…
The best thing about Paul are the non-stop references to science fiction films of yesteryear, but the fart jokes are decent too.
Comedy: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.
An imperfect, but endearing road trip comedy with shootouts, explosions, aliens, and dick jokes.
Feels like a first script by talented newcomers; has some shaky story beats and a few moments of mildly clunky dialogue, but nothing horrible. The worst of its sins is an over-use of genre references; not a reliance, mind you -- there's plenty of story, character, and solid humor in the movie -- just a few too many quotables toward the end. Still, a way better experience than the reviewer consensus led me to believe.
E.T. for never-gonna-grown-ups.
Not part of the Cornetto trilogy, but still starring Sean Pegg and Nick Frost.
Its a comedy telling the story of two geeks who decide to 'do area 51'. Their immediate pairing up with Paul (and alien) results in a FBI chase movie.
2011 was really the year of good comedies. Pegg and Frost teamed up once again to bring us a really interesting comedy with some brilliant pop culture references and a cameo you won't forget.
Good performances from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Bill Hader.Fun but no Cornetto Trilogy.
Such a fantastic mix of science fiction and comedy, the best thing is trying to find all the references! Its a sci-fi film made by nerds for nerds, perfect comedy for geeks!!
Two men (Nick Frost and Simon Pegg) on a camper van trip to Comic-Con find themselves accompanied by Paul (Seth Rogen), an outer space alien who is being hunted by the US Secret Service.
I thought that this was even funnier this time than the first time I saw it, as the men (Frost and Pegg) who live with sci-fi in comic books every day coped with the foul-mouthed alien. It was the last film in a long day of Film Four watching from a hospital bed, perhaps it says something of how I felt that day that Paul and Adddams Family Values were the films I enjoyed far more than the other films I watched.
Decentish even if it had that annoying guy in it as the alien. Could have been better I think but funny enough and not terribly made. Not as good as Simon Pegg and that guy with Edgar Wright. But still fine and decent for the most part.
- Gone Girl
- Edge of Tomorrow
- Stranger Things
- The Battery
- Berberian Sound Studio
- Breakup at a Wedding
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