Paul (2011)


“This is America. Kidnapping a Christian is worse than harboring a fugitive.” – Paul

Number of Times Seen – Twice (13 Jun 2011 and 24 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two comic book enthusiasts traveling across America meet an alien near Area 51.

My Take on it – Fun film that goes a bit too far.

The cast of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (who also wrote the screenplay) is so enjoyable to watch because they lay these characters in such a realistic fashion.

Seth Rogan has the perfect attitude for the character that he plays especially given the way that it changes what we normally think about little green aliens.

The films plot has a great adventure for these characters to take and we constantly get to see the craziness of the government conspiracies that this whole event has spawned over the past 60+ years or so.

Some of the characters are quite over the top in their performances and that actually hurts things a bit because it takes things in very strange directions.

The humor goes a bit overboard a bit along the way and it loses much of its impact due to that.

Love the way that they give unique powers to the alien character yet still never allow him to act serious because it seems as if he just wants to have fun any chance he gets.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost came up with the concept for Paul while waiting out a rainstorm on the set of Shaun of the Dead (2004). They handed producer Nira Park a sketch drawing of Paul wearing an FBI t-shirt, flipping off the viewer, with a caption that read “In the U.S., everybody is an alien.” The actual drawing can be seen during the closing credits. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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