Movie Review: Paul

by Eric Melin on March 18, 2011

in Video Reviews

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.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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