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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.
'...And this is Clive Gollings, the writer.'
When inspiration fails you, sometimes you need to 'just go with it'. So, perhaps not the most inspired of choices, but a film that entertains me every single viewing. 'Paul' is one of those films, that perhaps isn't unique, as it comprises of homages, nods and quotes from all manner of source materials, highlighting what fan boys both Pegg and Frost truly are. It is, however, intelligent and respectful with it's use, and although never stretches itself, always hits the spot with the laughs.
From Pegg's hair, to the design and back story of Paul, all the way to the cast, Paul is a film that manages to transcend the shackles of being…
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 Wright'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,…
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.
Despite the large cast of talented actors on show and a script from Pegg and Frost, this film just fails to really deliver. Edgar Wright's presence is missing - not that he was ever supposed to be apart of this project - but when you think of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together you instantly think of Wright. As a trio they really spark off each other brilliantly but here the spark is replaced by a damp squib, the jokes are flat, the comic editing is loose and Simon Pegg's hair piece is wholly unconvincing (don't even get me started on Nick Frost's hair, which he does not even remotely suit)
When I think of the cast made up of…
this is basically saturday night live but with aliens and simon pegg & nick frost
Appeals to the awkward geek inside of me that wants to meet the alien version of Seth Rogen. A fun film to hang out with, not too ambitious or inventive, just a loving sci-fi road movie about friendship. I like basically everybody in this film so that helps.
Middling, typical, not very funny, but not very bad either comedy. Like an Edgar Wright film dumbed down for your everyday American (not racist, but it's very much that kind of humour). Didn't really like it or dislike it.
Wasn't bad, just not engaging at all.
It's no Edgar Wright film, but I did enjoy it for the most part.
Goofy and surprisingly heartfelt homage to sci-fi cinema that manages to be breezy without being slight...and a film that only gets better on repeat viewings.
Pegg and Frost are reliably perfect, with that real lived-in type of chemistry that you find in all of their films together. And Rogen gives what is actually one of his best all-around performances to date (very low-key and playful, but with a real bit of sadness and wistfulness creeping in).
While the conclusion feels a little rushed, and the character of Wiig's father is entirely pointless and could have been cut altogether...overall it's fun, it's sweet, and I'm always in the mood to watch it.
What a laugh riot!
Well, this was pleasent.
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