Sound Off: Nick Frost & Simon Pegg's 'Paul' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
March 18, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Fugitive. Celebrity. Slacker. Joker. Paul. While Edgar Wright was off making Scott Pilgrim, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg teamed up to not only write the script but also star in Paul, directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland). The adventure begins at the San Diego Comic-Con and takes them to Area 51, where they pick up an actual talking alien named Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen. Was it actually funny? How is the comedy? Is Rogen amusing as the wacky alien or do Pegg and Frost run the show? If you've seen it, leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of Paul!
To fuel the fire, I enjoyed Paul, it's a lot of fun and packed full of tons of great geek references, from classic sci-fi films to Comic-Con and everything in-between. Pegg and Frost are awesome and I even enjoyed Rogen as Paul. In fact, he was my favorite character, as I thought Pegg and Frost tried a bit too hard to be too geeky (there's a weird thing with them being perceived as gay that gets a little old). I don't think it was as good as it could've been, and the script goes to some odd places. There's a lot of religious context that I liked hearing (especially from Paul), but it felt as if the bigger ideas were toned down to make room for more commercial humor, which I don't enjoy as much. I hate to use this cliche, but it works perfect here: good, but not great.
What did you think of Paul? Hilarious sci-fi-nerd-comedy smorgasbord or an unfunny mess?
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