I will admit that whenever I hear about a new alien movie coming out, I am a little shy when it comes to wanting to see it. It seems that every movie that comes out of Hollywood these days has something to do with aliens. When I picked up Paul on DVD last week I was a little hesitant. There are two reasons I went ahead and picked it up. Paul is supposed to be a great comedy and was written by the actors/writers team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, whom you might remember as the team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. I was pleasantly surprised to find a delightful and original comedy that takes the alien encounter story to a whole new level, though it is not appropriate for young children.
Graeme and Clive, played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, are two science-fiction fans from England who have come to America to fulfill a life long dream of attending Comic Con in San Diego and then taking a road trip through the American southwest visiting UFO hot spots like Roswell, New Mexico and Area 51. After leaving San Diego in a vintage RV, the Graeme and Clive come across the discovery of a lifetime on an old dirt road: an escaped alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) running from the U.S. government in an attempt to contact is home planet for his rescue. Along the way the run into a whole cast of characters including redneck hunters, a bible-thumping RV park owner and his daughter, a couple of bumbling rookie federal agents fresh out of the academy, and a crazed Secret Service agent who will stop at nothing to catch the alien and return him to the government.
Paul is a clever tongue-in-cheek comedy that me and my Dad laughing out loud. The perfect part about this movie is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, although it does tackle the serious questions brought up by the possibility of there really being alien life. All science fiction fans should check out this movie. There are tons of cleverly placed references to past alien and adventure stories like Star Wars, E.T., Indiana Jones, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
One of the most impressive aspects of Paul is Paul himself. Although he is a CGI created character, he has many real qualities that make him just a swell guy. He is a really laid back alien who may smoke and cuss, but he has an innder humanity that makes him irresistible. No one could have done a better job at voicing the character than Seth Rogen. His unique laugh and light-hearted banter is perfect for Paul. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are also a perfect fit for the characters of Graeme and Clive. These real life friends are warm, compassionate, and hilarious. Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Whip It!) plays Ruth Buggs, the daughter of a very intense Christian RV Park owner who accidentally gets kidnapped on the road trip. She is amazingly funny and comical. I cannot leave out Jason Bateman and his witty role as the ruthless Secret Service agent who will do anything to get Paul back. Be prepared for a cameo of epic proportions by an actor who can get down and dirty as “The Big Guy” who will stop at no costs to keep Paul on earth and insure that he never leaves. (You’ll just have to watch the movie to find out who I am talking about!)
I highly recommend the movie Paul for everyone who wants a good laugh, but especially for science fiction fans who do not take themselves too seriously. Anyone will have a blast watching this comedy and definitely walk away with a smile on their face.