Sep 22, 2011

Paul Review

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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.

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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