Paul – Blu Ray Review

For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth RogenSuperbad, Knocked Up) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he’s been taken prisoner, the quick-witted, smart-ass alien decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost) who are on a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland. Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. As the two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

  • ‘Triple Play Edition’ includes the movie on 3 formats: Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy!
  • Pocket Blu-ray
  • Extended feature
  • Theatrical Feature Commentary with Director Greg Mottola
  • Producer Nira Park and Actors Nick Frost and Simon Pegg
  • BTS Featurette (8 Featurettes)
  • Between The Lightning Strikes: The Making Of Paul
  • The Evolution of Paul, Bloopers
  • Who the hell is Adam Shadowchild?
  • Simon Silly Faces
  • Galleries

After recently watching Seth Rogen in the tedious and painfully unfunny Green Hornet I was reluctant to jump back on the Rogen wagon, even if it was hitched to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. My expectation weren’t that high when I popped the Blu-ray disc but as the credits rolls I’d completely forgotten what I was worried about. Paul is a solid and entertaining Sci-Fi comedy which is managed to be a sci-fi adventure, a comedy, a road trip and  buddy film all at the same time.

The performances are great all round with special praise going to Jason Bateman as Special Agent Lorenzo Zoil, a Men in Black style bad ass. I was less enthralled by Kristen Wiig as Ruth Buggs, who finds herself  kidnapped by Paul and co. Her journey to learn how to swear  got on my nerves, to be honest. I did warm to her in the end thanks to some of her scenes with Paul and a great moment involving her reaction to pot.

Having two actors in the lead roles who are actually buddies really comes across beyond the action. The bromance between Pegg and Frost is there on the screen  especially in the early scenes at the comic con and  on their road trip. As a fellow sci-fi and comic geek I found my wishing I could hang out with Graeme and Clive. They came across as regular, slightly out there, guys who were into a lot of geeky stuff. Thankfully the filmmakers steered clear of playing the stereotypical comic geek with no social skills card.

The real laughs in film don’t really start to flow until Paul arrives. The effects on the alien are great and by the end of the film I had almost forgotten he was CGI. I think a lot of this is down to Seth Rogen portrayal of the pot smoking, foul-mouthed Alien. The relationship that Paul develops between not just Graeme and Clive but all the characters, helping him, is the heart of the film and it’s a big heart.

As you would expect Frost, Pegg and Rogen get the biggest share of the laughs but all of the supporting cast deliver at least one belly laugh scene or one liner.  From Agent Haggard’s response to Moses, Ruth’s crazy father, after Moses as they both race after the fugitives’. The ‘secret’ location where the government have been keeping Paul. Special Agent Zoil’s delivery of a string of curses as Paul and his friends escape yet again is another belter. Zoil then follows this up with a conversion with his superior that ends with a fantastic Star Wars homage.  Even the two trainee agents working for Zoil who I wasn’t that keen on redeemed themselves with a couple of golden moments. I could go on but there are just too many scenes and phrases to mention. The film demands a second watch just to play  ‘spot the film or tv’ reference.

Paul much like the ‘Spaced’ TV show, which first put Pegg and Frost on my radar  works on multiple levels.  You can just watch it as a straight up comedy without anymore knowledge  than that and get a lot of laughs of it. If  like me  your a big Sci-fi and genre fan then there are so many references you will probably have a melt down trying to keep up with them all.

So with one liners galore, great fun performances all round and more cheeky sci-fi homages than you can throw a Wookie at Paul is well worth getting hold of. I will report back on the extended version of the film and the extras on the Blu-ray later in the week.

GS Rating: 4/5

GS Reporter: Nuge

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