Paul was a funny, if uneven, road trip alien buddy comedy. It had several laugh out loud moments, and a great cast of comedic actors. It seemed to drag at some parts, and some of the jokes fizzled, but overall it was one of the more enjoyable comedies to come to theaters lately.
Paul starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, but unfortunately, it was not the third entry in the “blood and ice cream” trilogy, as it did not have the ingenious Edgar Wright as director. Instead, Gregg Mottola, of Superbad fame, was behind the camera.
My favorite part of Paul was the insane amount of sci-fi movie references it packed into every moment. It was interesting listening to different parts of the audience laugh at different lines, depending on which reference they got and which they didn’t. Every scene was chock full of lines and images from various sci-fi classics, ranging from E.T. to Star Wars. I believe that the more you know your sci-fi movies, the more you will enjoy Paul.
For those people out there who’ve never seen a sci-fi film, you still may like Paul for it’s many physical gags and one-liners. Seth Rogen is very funny as Paul the alien, although sometimes it is noticeable that he wasn’t actually on location reading lines with the rest of the crew. This is rare, but it took me out of the spontaneous, chemistry built comedy world the cast had built up.
The numerous cameos and guest spots are very funny, and do their part to keep you engaged. I won’t spoil any of these, as they are funnier when they are surprises.
Despite the laugh out loud moments and loving references, Paul never quite finds it’s footing. The pace seems uneven, and some of the buildup for scenes plays out into nothing. Paul never quite reaches the heights of the brilliant Shaun of the Dead, but it is an admirable salute to nerd driven pop culture junkies everywhere.