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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 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,…
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.
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…
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.
Not as well-written as the Cornetto Trilogy, but still very funny and full of heart nevertheless.
Paul is a really fun comedy sci-fi film with a cool concept and lovable characters.
I totally enjoyed this, it was a fun storyline and the laughs were pretty good. I liked all the references too - me and my friend had fun trying to spot them!! It was perfect timing to watch it too what with Comic-con being on as we speak!
Going through this film again, what struck me was how it manages to be a celebration of geek culture, while also using the lazy tactic of making it the butt of many jokes. This is more prominent than the repeated gay jokes and Christian jokes. While Ruth's father is largely a pointless addition as the film goes on, and Ruth's continued swearing easily outstays its welcome, the film is still largely solid. The cast are all on point, while Seth Rogen's voice fits with the impressive effects utilized for the title character. And the references to geek culture films (Star Wars cantina band song, "Smile you sonovabitch") fit in well, rather than feeling crammed in.
Lite and fun...
Loses a star for going over the same sexist portrayal of female extras that, it seems, every sci-fi movie does.
I'd never really considered watching this movie, but it turned out better than I expected.
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