By Darren Grant
Review summary: unless you’ve had a sense of humour bypass, just see it! Oh, and pack your Pampers. You might just wet yourself!
Director: Greg Mottola. Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver, Jane Lynch.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, no strangers to winning comedy, have scaled new heights of witty absurdity in this now releasing fun fest, Paul.
You’ll know them from loveable zombie parody, Shaun of the Dead (2004) and cops in trouble caper, Hot Fuzz (2007). And if you don’t you should.
Paul, voiced brilliantly by Seth Rogen, is an alien, incarcerated for the last sixty years by the US military. Believing that they have extracted all useful knowledge from him, and expecting his brain removal as their next exploratory step, Paul decides that escape is overdue and a return to his home planet highly desirable.
Cue the arrival of two British sci-fi geeks on their trip of a lifetime, a pilgrimage across America’s UFO heartland in a rented RV. Laughs galore when Paul’s initially guesses that he’s met up with a gay couple, and much hilarity in the same vein when he exploits the familiar issue of “alien probing” to keep other cast members on their toes.
The fleeing Paul begs Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) to help him. They abandon their schedule and embark on an insane road trip to escape the forces of darkness, led by an implacable Sigourney Weaver.
It’s brilliantly scripted, the action just keeps coming and every road trip cliché gets a thorough makeover. It’s going to be a huge global hit for sure.
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