[Last Film I Saw] Paul (2011)

Title: Paul
Year: 2011
Language: English
Country: USA, UK
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Director: Greg Mottola
Nick Frost
Simon Pegg
Music: David Arnold
Cinematography: Lawrence Sher
Simon Pegg
Nick Frost
Seth Rogen
Kristen Wiig
Jason Bateman
Bill Hader
Joe Lo Truglio
John Carroll Lynch
Blythe Danner
Sigourney Weaver
David Koechner
Jesse Plemons
Jane Lynch
Jeffrey Tambor
Rating: 5.6/10

A film riding along the tide of the booming nerd culture, written and starred by UK bankable poker face nerdy pair Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (SHAUN OF THE DEAD 2004, HOT FUZZ 2007), directed by Greg Mottola (SUPERBAD 2007 and ADVENTURELAND 2009), plus a dedication to Mr. Spielberg’s E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982), who proffers a self-caricature cameo as well. Chances are it could been better!

Firstly I need a self-introspection to appraise my nerd index, perhaps above average, however I am quite immune to cartoons and superheroes, so Comic-Con doesn’t perk me up too much, and the Simon-Nick team loses its creativity which has gained them fame and confidence, in PAUL, the a shade corny bromance is the sole vestige. But the supporting cast is really coming to the rescue, the Saturday Night Live pack dominates the scenery, Kristen Wiig is challenging Tina Fey’s comedienne throne (actually after the summer sleeper hit THE BRIDESMAIDS 2011, she is on her apex now) as the foul-mouthed Catholic girl who has a father issue (a hyper-protective one), other male members contribute every bit of their energy to deliver gags; the Big Guy, a tough Sigourney Weaver is never too shabby to watch and a surprising Blythe Danner offers the most tear-jerking moment of the film; however Jason Bateman as the ill-fated double-agent, whom I consider is a tinge mis-casted here. Furthermore, Seth Rogen’s voice is a pitch perfect choice for Paul, relishing the threadbare alien image and adding more spontaneous laughters.

After a four-year wait, the third vehicle of Simon-Nick collaboration is a moderately disappointing comeback and its overt aim to crown itself as the E.T. for the generation is well beyond its grasp.


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