Sci-fi geeks and comic book fans all over the world would love to meet an alien in person. Imagine what first contact would be like. Would you even know what to say? Would they look like what we envision an alien to even look like? Most of us believe that the universe is too large to only have one planet that has life out there. Some of us believe the earth has been visited by alien life in the past and are currently visiting us. And some of us fear what might happen if alien life ever did find its way to our planet.
We all have heard the rumors over the Roswell, New Mexico incident in which many believe a flying saucer crashed and not only was an alien spacecraft recovered, but alien life was as well. People make trips to Area 51 all the time out of curiosity and Roswell has become alien central in the United States.
In this movie we have the story of Paul. The film is directed by Greg Mottola and stars Simon Pegg as Graeme Willy and Nick Frost as Clive Gollings. These are two sci-fi geeks for sure. After attending Comic-Con, a sci-fi/comic book/movie/TV convention in San Diego, the two set out on a trek across the United States to visit various Alien hotspots. What they don’t know is that many years before, an Alien crashed into a small town. His spaceship landed on a young girl’s dog that was named Paul and the nickname stuck.
While driving to their next stop, a car suddenly crashes in front of them. When they get out they meet Paul, a short foul mouthed, chain smoking alien. He’s like any normal guy you’d probably meet in a bar with the exception of not being from our planet. He asks the two of them for help to drive him to a destination that he chooses not to disclose at that moment. Along the way they stop in an RV park and meet a woman by the name of Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig). She has a lot of faith in God and it’s completely thrown off when she meets Paul.
Paul is being chased by Agen Zoil (Jason Bateman) and he enlists the help of two local police officers, Haggard (Bill Hader) and O’Reilly (Joe Lo Truglio).
While Pegg and Frost certainly provide some extremely funny comedic moments, the scenes with Hader and Lo Truglio are equally funny. They’re a bunch of bumbling cops but they’re determined to find Paul. Everyone here does a very good job of know just where the punch line is and how to deliver it. They all play well off of each other and the film is definitely funny. It’s a dry sense of humor, but if you appreciate that, then you’ll love this film.
There’s even a scene in the movie where a famous director is calling up Paul for advice on a film that he’s doing around 1980. I won’t tell you the director, but the scene is hilarious. In fact, the director himself is the one voicing him which makes it even funnier.
This is a very funny film and if you enjoy comedy then I strongly recommend you go see this film this weekend. You’ll laugh, and on top of that there is a lot of heart in this film. It definitely references a lot of previous alien/sci-fi films out there, but it is original in itself.
FINAL GRADE: A â€“
Reel Film News Movie Review by Bill Ayres