Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and
Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) are two British comic book geeks who decide to visit San Diego Comic Con. They are would-be
comic creators who have created one book which Clive wrote and Graeme illustrated which features a three titted alien woman
on the cover. They decide to take a road trip in an RV to famous UFO spots like Area 51, the Black
Mail Box, and Roswell.
Along the way, they pick up an actual alien being who is nicknamed Paul and kidnap a Christian woman
named Ruth (Kristen Wiig). What follows is a road trip of rough language humor and geek references abound (including
a honky tonk version of the Mos Eisley Catina Band music from STAR WARS and one of the characters throwing a line
at a actress who said that line in another movie).
PAUL is really frigging hilarious
and non-stop funny. It is a charming film and I loved the geek references to STAR WARS and other sci-fi films.
Jason Bateman is interesting to see playing a straight serious character, Agent Zoyle who is hired to track down and
bring Paul back. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright play great together as they are bound to put geek references
in anything they write and star in. I wonder what type of film they will come up with next. Paul is a charming
loud mouth of an alien who is shocking and yet endearing (I love the anal probe jokes and the smoking by Paul). PAUL
is a movie I would watch again several times on DVD or Blu-ray.
THE EVOLUTION OF PAUL- a look at the animation of the character of Paul.
WHO THE HELL IS ADAM SHADOWCHILD?- a featurette on the fictional jerk sci-fi author.
The audio commentary (for theatrical
cut only) is with director Greg Mottola, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Hader, and Nir
Park in what is a very entertaining audio commentary track
A blooper reel and a featurette of
Simon's silly faces in addition to various galleries are on both the DVD and Blu-ray.
Exclusive to Blu-ray:
BETWEEN THE LIGHTNING STRIKES: THE
MAKING OF PAUL- a two part 40 minute making-of documentary that covers the pre-production , production, and post-production
of PAUL. The best part is the road trip that Simon and Nick take in an RV in
the Southwest with video and photos.
Multiple Behind-the scenes featurettes-
seven featurettes on the film with the best bits being PAUL THE MUSICAL and THE MANY PAULS.
FINAL ANALYSIS: PAUL is
one of the best films of the year. tHis set has lots of extras and kudos to Universal for not cutting the extras
for the DVD included in the combo pack with the Blu-ray.
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