Paul (2011)

by George Watches Things

This is Paul. He’s an alien. Also, I am using this image for non-commercial purposes. The image was made by Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Working Title Films, Greg Mottola, and Seth Rogan (kind of).


Yes, it bites off more than it can chew, mainly when it discusses religion. But as an homage to some old sci-fi flicks, it pulls off a lot of things.

Some jokes miss, most hit. I think it earns some of its sillier moments because they’re funny (although characters attacking each other definitely did not work). The emotional scenes, to my delightful surprise, really do work.

The actress revealed at the end has become one of my new favorites particularly because of cameos like this. She joins a hilarious cast with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, and Seth Rogan.

I mentioned earlier it being an homage to the great sci-fi films of the 1980s. Not only does it pay tribute to the good ones, but it satirizes the bad ones. My favorite thing about this film, though, is that you can choose how much thought you want to put into it. If you don’t necessarily want to think, that’s okay: it’s a fine action/sci-fi/comedy. But if you do, there’s a decent amount of food for your brain here.