Another Close Encounter

Paul (2011)

This is one alien that I actually wished existed. Released in 2011, “Paul” follows Graeme, Clive and the titular character on a cross-country adventure. While it’s foolish at times, it’s remarkable to laugh at and enjoy watching an alien with a nuanced sense of humor.

*SPOILERS*

First off, I loved the idea of having Seth Rogen voice the titular character. His character fit his personality perfectly and it gets caught up in a series of humorous conversations that everyone has with regards to Paul’s origins and his race. As for the plot of the film, I would have to say that it doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table, but it makes up for it with its other series of conversations about science, religion and the unknown.

The production alone was handled really well in my book. You can tell by watching Paul’s appearance, that the production team tried to make him look more comedic and believable without being too horrific. Pretty much tho, Rogen is the only standout in this film. Everyone else’s performance was well-delivered, but not anything Oscar-worthy.

It can be a little cliched from time to time, but it’s wildly entertaining. The bromance, the setting, the characters, they’re all well crafted and bring us a hilarious story. If there ever was an E.T. movie version for adults, this would definitely have to be it. As brash and over-the-top as Paul may be, you can’t help but love the guy.

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