A couple of sci-fi nerds from Britain visit America for comic-con and a road trip to the UFO hotspots in the southwest, including Area 51, the Black Mailbox, Roswell, and Devil’s Tower. Along the way they meet a real alien and have to help him get away from the “Men in Black” gang and his own kind.
Paul is written by the same group of creative minds that also wrote Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, etc. Paul is a parody of alien/sci-fi flicks like Hot Fuzz is for cop movies and Shaun of the Dead for zombie films. Paul is not as good as Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead, which Simon Pegg and Nick Frost also star. It had several problems for me.
The first is most definitely the swearing. They went for overkill expecting it to be funny, but in the end it came across as spastic, annoying, and trying too hard. Why try to make it crazy swearing? It wasn’t even close to tit-sucking-big-ball-dropping-freak-yeah-good… See? Terrible. The R rating is without a doubt for all the F-bombs dropped in the movie.
The extreme fundamentalism Christian aspect was stupid too. What next? I don’t see how the religion bashing could work with any other religion… and honestly I’m kind of sick of Christianity getting bashed (in [YA] books and movies). There’s much good in the many different denominations of Christianity, in the teachings of Christ Jesus, and God. Why doesn’t this get showcased ever? What’s so cool about being an atheist or anti-Christian? I don’t get it.
The romance between Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) and Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig) is at times sweet, but is not very fleshed out. It’s there for laughs and as a throwaway more than anything else.
I did like Paul. I thought he was funny and there are a lot of cool aspects to his character from the Vulcan mind meld to the built-in chameleon invisibility. He’s funny and is constantly providing the film with wisecracks and sci-fi related jokes. One of the funnier ones is Paul helping Steven Spielberg with E.T. Paul has been helping the entertainment industry with their science fiction for a long time. Seth Rogen, the voice actor for Paul, did an amazing job and had good timing.
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