Paul – Film Review
Simon Pegg & Nick Frost return together to the big screen for the first time since the smash hit Hot Fuzz, but this time without their anchorman Edgar Wright. The film is directed by Superbads Greg Mottola, and also stars American star Seth Rogen, who voices the Alien Paul.
The story depicts Pegg and Frost as two comic book geeks (much like themselves in real life) who travel over to the USA for Comic Con (Geek Mecca for Comic Book fans – I’ve always wanted to go!!). They decide to take in a road trip to sample all of the sights of the Sci-Fi scene, from Area 51 to Roswell. Along the way they bump into Paul, the loud mouthed, rude, Extra-Terrestrial seems to have picked up every human bad habit imaginable in his 60 year stay. Before Paul’s introduction the chemistry between Pegg and Frost is evident, although as their characters are fairly similar, the comedy takes a backward step to allow for pop culture references to be included in the comic-con segment. When they bump into Paul, the film bursts into life, Rogen providing the catalyst for most of the top jokes, and Pegg and Frost reverting back to their argumentative best friends type – which is when they always excel.
The dynamic trio race across the desert away from government agents who are trying to capture the green one. The film in script and pop culture references in my opinion is more likened to the TV series Spaced (which launched Pegg and Frosts career), than Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead, but it pulls in the laughs. With references to Star Wars, Spielberg, Aliens, E.T, and many more, you have to see this film more than once to appreciate them all.
I can’t wait to see this film again, and I think you should all catch it sooner rather than later!
Youngsy Score 9/10
Paul is Currently showing in cinemas now.