Posted on 8/09/11 12:29 PM
by Gerry Carey
I went to see Paul in theaters a while back. And seeing as it's coming out on DVD this week I figured that I should make sure that everyone knows that it is a very good comedy that is certainly worth checking out. Despite its R rating Paul is a charmer and a rare example of a comedy that doesn't really go for the shock laughs - except for one glaring instance which features someone being smashed to death.
You get the familiar stars in Simon and Nick, who play a couple of British sci-fi nerds touring the southwest, starting at Comic-Con and then visiting the most famous UFO sites. They get mixed up with a smart-mouthed alien named Paul, perfectly voiced by Seth Rogen, and then somehow recruit a Jesus-happy Kristen Wiig along the way. All of these peeps are fun to watch by themselves, and shoving them all together really worked out to be even more fun.
I think the reason Paul worked so well was that they didn't try too hard to force joke after joke; they used the absurdity of given situations as enough. For example, Kristen Wiig plays a very sheltered lady whose world is turned upside down by the fact that her Bible stories seem to have been a bunch of fibs. So, she starts to cut loose with her new pals and curses for the first time in her life, failing to use the curse words properly. Thus starts a running gag that continues for the rest of the film and consistently made me laugh. Isn't that the key to good comedy?
Going into the movie, the biggest concern for me was Seth Rogen in the titular role. I wasn't at all concerned with Seth's ability to be funny, but I was worried about how the alien would be animated with his voice and how the actors would interact with the CGI alien- Howard the Duck comes to mind. Fortunately, both the alien and his interactions were just fine and my concerns were allayed, I was very pleased. A skinny, smoking, laid back alien seemed to be the best representation of Seth I could ask for.
So in short this movie is boss. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are characters that you pull for the whole way. Kristen Wiig might be at her funniest in this one as well. And Seth Rogen's voice lends itself very well to alien bodies. Paul is the second best comedy I've seen this year and a movie that you should go rent/buy/borrow. Hopefully Pegg and Frost continue pumping out great comedies for us all to enjoy.
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