Paul (2011) – Greg Mottola

One tends to forget how funny Paul is. Written by stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, it is a love letter to sci-fi, geek, and pop culture and is the next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies.

Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) are huge geeks, and have finally made it to Comic Con in San Diego. When the convention is over, they decide to tour some of the infamous UFO hotspots of America.

A stop outside Area 51, and the black mailbox, they come cross a surprise and find themselves on an adventure they’ve dreamed of their entire lives, and never thought would happen.

They meet an alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), who has escaped and is on a desperate cross country run to reach the pickup point for his return home. But it won’t be easy, an organisation overseen by The Big Guy (not really a surprise, if you recognise her voice… Sigourney Weaver) has dispatched agents (Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, and Joe Lo Troglio) to capture, contain, and possibly eliminate the wayward extraterrestrial.

Stacked with an instantly recognisable cast, that also includes the wonderful Kristen Wiig, and Blythe Danner the film takes us through instantly recognisable tropes, scenarios, visuals, music and line lifts from some of the greatest science fiction and pop culture moments and gives them a joyous comedic twist.

I tend to forget how enjoyable this film is, it’s overshadowed, in my mind, by the brilliant Cornetto Trilogy the duo starred in under Edgar Wright’s direction. But as I re-watched this for the first time in years, I dound myself laughing aloud constantly, and not just chuckling, but raucous laughter, because of things I recognised on the screen, including myself.

I can’t pick out a single moment to highlight as a favourite, because both Pegg and Frost are such geek themselves, that the entire film ends up being a love letter to the genre, and the people who not only create it, but support it.

They’re fans, like we are, and this is conveyed in the film. And man do I laugh watching this one. And it’s Pegg’s work that makes me think, man, this would be someone to hang with, have a pint, and just talk film, comics, and share in one another’s stories and laughter.

If you and Nick Frost are out there, reading this… hit me up, let’s chat. You two, has made me see myself on the big screen, and not shy away from it. You remind me to embrace, and share my inner geek everyday. To celebrate it. And I thank you for your work.

There are more aliens to come in DK Books’ Monsters in the Movies, so pick up a copy today and find something monstrous to watch tonight!

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