Sep 22, 2011

Paul Review

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Premise:
Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) are two nerdy English dudes traveling across America to visit Comic-Con and sight-see alien tourism spots. Lucky for them, they pick up a hitchhiker named Paul who is an actual alien (Seth Rogen). But like all alien films, this one is being hunted down by the government.


Standouts:
Two things really stood out to me about this film. The first thing was that I thought I was going to be really let down by the appearance of Paul and not be able to believe he was anything other than a CGI creation. They really worked wonders in this film though and made him look like he had tactile skin. The second thing was I thought this film was going to be non-stop joke after joke after joke with just a bunch of silliness in-between as filler. Instead there were meaningful connections, great character revelations and growth, and even though new characters were continually added throughout the film, each one served a distinct and useful purpose without coming off as two-dimensional. Some attempts at this however did fall a little flat. There were scenes that felt like they were meant to be touching and sentimental, but were really just loaded with sentimentality and had a weird out of place tone to it.


My Highlights:
Ruth's (Kristen Wiig) religious spiel, O'Reilly (Joe Lo Truglio) in the comic shop, Ruth's breakdown to Graeme, and O'Reilly's art suggestion.


Overall Rating:
I really enjoyed this movie, felt it was a great use of my time, and was almost inspired in terms of writing characters and character connections. Though I wasn't busting a gut laughing at too many scenes, there were enough comedic scenes, enough mind-opening scenes, and enough emotional scenes for a rating of 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 *'s out of 10. The only reason this rating wasn't higher was for the few flat scenes.


When You Should See It:
If you've ever seen a Sci-Fi film or just enjoyed Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.

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