Here’s my review of the new Simon Pegg/Nick Frost movie “Paul” from KTKA-49.
Together with director Edgar Wright, actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost created two of the funniest and most loving tributes to genre films in recent memory: The zombie spoof “Shaun of the Dead” and the action movie “Hot Fuzz.”
The duo returns to the screen without Wright in “Paul,” a considerably more laid-back road-trip comedy about two comic nerds who meet an alien in the desert outside of Area 51.
“Paul” doesn’t have the fast-paced urgency or stylistic flourishes of the other movies. Even Seth Rogen is toned down a bit as the voice of Paul, who is an entirely CGI creation.
It also doesn’t have a ton of laugh-out-loud moments. The best thing about the film is the good-natured and unfailing optimism of Pegg and Frost. Like “Cedar Rapids,” another sleeper from earlier this year, “Paul” has a lot of heart.
The movie has tons of inside jokes for sci-fi fans, and is a tribute itself to “E.T.” and “Close Encounters,” but it doesn’t have any of the invention of the pair’s last two outings. Overall, “Paul” is a genial, unremarkable movie that skates by on its charm.