Who's up for a close encounter?
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" 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,…
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.
Liked it a little less on re-watch. A vast majority of jokes fail to hit home and the Nick Frost/Simon Pegg partnership grows rather tiresome.
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…
A light and fun movie that doesn't do anything special. Seth Rogen is good.
Not a great film. But not a bad film either. Pegg & Co. are funny more often than not, and although it's never laugh-out-loud funny, I was grinning on occasion.
I <3 Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Every sci-fi nod brings a smile to my face.
Sean Pegg and Nick Frost amazing as always. Enjoyed the little references to SOTD and HF. The lack of Edgar Wright shows and in no way is it up to the standard of any of the Cornetto trilogy saga. Still a good watch.
A very entertaining Feel Good movie
Paul, a British take on America's obsession with intergalactic travel, extra-terrestrials, and the Science-Fiction Genre. Though not what we have come to expect from Pegg and Frost, whom are partially lost without Edgar Wright's British comedic direction, Paul fulfills its comedic duty. For those infatuated with the Sci-Fi genre, this is a must see. A fun filled film full of fantastic fandom. Enjoy.
Not the best Pegg/Frost pair up, but sufficient enough to rewatch multiple times.
Pretty decent comedy about an alien on the run that hitches a ride with two British comic book nerds. The revealing of the the "big boss" at the end is a nice payoff as well.
Acting: 4/5 - Seth Rogen is a big reason this isn't 5/5
This film has even more ignorance on the subject of Christianity than This is the End. It's extremely stupid, and assumes that it can prove evolution simply by the existence of an alien (if an alien even did exist it wouldn't disprove anything in the bible). This film is also generally stupid on other subjects.
Three stars. Awesome.
Pegg/Frost meets the Superbad crew in this enjoyable comedy. It's pretty lightweight, but the cast is good and there are lots of affectionate references. Fun.