DIRECTOR: Greg Mottola
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Critics had suggested that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, made famous for their very English interpretations of genre films with Sean Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, had finally sold out with Paul, the same way that Edgar Wright had tried to do with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Had they?
Well, only slightly.
This wasn’t as homespun as their earlier projects but to me this seemed to be the next viable step for a comic duo who had made their names spoofing American’s staples, so why not actually crank it up a notch and do an American spoof, certainly one done so well?
Pegg and Frost as are geeks, so playing two ultimate Sci-fi geeks who find themselves running into an actual alien whilst on a road trip across America came naturally and they played for their audiences loyalties very well. They appeal in one way or another to the geek in all of us, whether we accept it or not.
The comedy was gentle at times and raucous at others, but it is at the moments when the film plays for the gross out laughs often applied in modern U.S. comedies that film sells out. Funny though they often are, the comedy works best for me when it’s closer to home, but I suspect that the U.S. audience felt quite the opposite about that.
But behind the Pan-Atlantic comedy debate, there was a real story, with a heart that shone through from time to time. The effects were great, the plotting was as good as the pacing and the in jokes and nods to films that went much deeper beneath the surface than you might expect for a mainstream film of this sort, were spot on.
All in all I liked it. It isn’t perfect but it’s a solid film and a successful move to the U.S. for two our finest film comedians who are working at the moment.