Paul is a movie for aimed at sci-fi fans and it’s never apologetic. It tries to combines every possible scenario and cliché you have seen in previous alien movies and yet it’s still very funny along the way. Of course, you also have to credit the actual familiarity of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to sci-fi because they are also well-versed in the genre.
The premise of the film is very simple: two guys on a road trip to visit every well know destination for sci-fi fans and actually stumble on an actual alien. As the government tries to subdue the alien, the gang encounters different personalities which always end up with awkward due to the alien.
The best part of the film is really the alien. Seth Rogen is the voice of Paul and it’s actually very hard to distance the image of the actual actor once you hear his voice. But that’s a good thing since you are expecting a unique type of humor from Seth Rogen. At first, you may wonder how Frost and Pegg will blend with Rogen but the trio actually pulls it off, maybe because Rogen is an alien and is meant to stand out.
Of course, there are moments where some of the lines are a little bit forced when they are trying to reference sci-fi films. But overall, fans and even those who are not familiar with some of the reference lines will enjoy the movie. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s a fun movie to watch.