Saturday, 25 May 2013

Paul Review

If, like everyone else in the world, you loved every second of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz you were probably very excited for Paul - Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's next film. I can tell you that it doesn't disappointment one little bit.

Pegg and Frost bring their love of everything science-fiction onto the screen with a story of two comic book geeks who accidentally come across an alien while on a road trip in America. Essentially, it's a road movie with the charm of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz with an alien. And if that doesn't sound interesting to you then you're frankly crazy!

What is evident here, is the care and hard work Pegg and Frost have put into this script because it really is a strong and very, very funny script. What is also evident is the chemistry that they have on screen. They bounce of each other - just like in Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead - and you can see their friendship coming through the screen. It really is a joy to watch.

What is also a joy is the science-fiction references throughout. It just reinforces their childhood love of this genre whether it's Back to the Future or E.T, Star Wars or Close Encounters it's charming, handled with care and terrifically funny. If you love sci-fi too, then you'll love this film. The references are truly brilliant.

I also loved the blend of American and British humour. I genuinely think that both audiences could watch this film and laugh all the way through it. It really nails that side of the humour. This, in part, comes down to the casting too. With a cast of Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig and Jane Lynch mixed in with Pegg and Frost themselves it really is comedy gold and just a joy to watch. Seth Rogan is usually an annoyance to me, but in this he plays the alien, Paul, to perfection.

This is a very good film. Not quite up there with Shaun or Fuzz, but it's got a very good script, it's hilariously funny and it's incredibly charming. Definitely check this one out.

8/10