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…
Pretty funny scifi-comedy movie and nothing I wasn't expecting going in. Cheap laughs from Seth and the crew, but entertaining nonetheless.
A good coming together story of great comedians of our age. Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Seth Rogen. It's almost too bad that Seth Rogen is just a voice, but it's still a good time. Kristen Wiig's character is one of the best parts of the film. When she tries to figure out how to curse properly is fantastic. Some actors aren't used to their greatest potential though. Jason Bateman is good, but could've been amazing. Something is lacking somewhere, and the story just feels lackluster as it could've been amazing with this cast. There is a lot of good buddy comedy jokes though. Overall, the cast is fun and the jokes are good. There's been better, but it still works.
"Three tits. That's awesome."
Two things I find funny: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Two things I don't find particularly funny: Seth Rogen, sex based jokes, and drug based jokes.
When it comes to this movie, the two kind of balance each other out. Though I did appreciate Jason Bateman.
This is a good movie, it could have been better, considering the English duo, but somehow the chemistry between the Americans and them didn't work...
There were some things I enjoyed, the geeky stuff, the science fiction references and of course the main character, Paul. Every time he was on screen I just launched and laughed.
One of the best collaborations between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, also starring Kirsten Wiig, Jason Bateman, and Sigourney Weaver; with Seth Rogen voicing Paul.
Area 51 was is a Sci-fi mecca for likewise movies, full of mythology and mystery.
Paul is an alien that who has escaped from the clutches of the government, Greame and Clive are two U.F.O. enthusiasts. And guess what - they cross paths. What follows is a hillarious cat & mouse chase across the states as they try to evade the authorities. The comedy in this movie is rewarding as various movies are referenced to the delight of Sci-fi fans.
Against most opinions I think Paul is a very sympathic and right hearted comedy with great as always Frost/Pegg.
This is so boring please kill me.
Coming from the brilliant comedic minds of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Paul is a fantastic road film, comedy and science-fiction film all in one. Lovingly nerdy but never to the point of offence, Paul feels like a nostalgia trip back to a time when alien encounter films were smaller affairs.
Ordinary Simon Pegg & Nick Frost movie.
A few funny scenes.
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