Created on Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:46
Written by Samantha See
Even with a tad too many lame jokes coupled with an alien that spews too much profanity, Paul is a good escapist film to catch for those looking for some light-hearted fun in the theatre.
En route US from England for a sci-fi prilgrimage with destinations including visiting the Comic con and various UFO spots, geeks Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) finds themselves in a much better deal than expected. They come face to face with Paul (Seth Rogen) – an ugly alien with a motormouth – on the run from men in black (Jason Bateman, Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio), government agents determined to put him back in captivity. To add on to the chaos, they kidnap Ruth (Kristin Wilg), a staunch Christian who thinks Paul is an embodiment of the devil, and incurs the wrath of her dangerous, gun-wielding father played by John Carroll Lynch.
Written by sci-fi fans Pegg and Frost, and directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad) you can observe similarities and common references from alien films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind though Paul clearly avoids taking the satirical approach. The film remains humourous and sporadically witty but few jokes will get you howling in laughter. Rather than just a funny movie, Paul has a sentimental moral of the story.
Despite a few laughable areas including the stereotypical look of alien Paul and some ridiculous action, the chemistry between the cast and the crew's heart in this film helped make it a passable sci-fi comedy worth the weekday ticket – though we would prefer it with a tad less profanity from Mr Alien!