Every once in a while, my expectations for a film are exceedingly high. It depends on the actors in it, sometimes the director, and just every once in a while on the concept itself. If all three are combined, then my anticipation skyrockets. So let me put it this way, if “Paul” is anything less than absolutely hilarious, I will put my fist through a wall.
The trailer doesn’t give much away, but the concept of the film makes me hopeful “Paul” will live up to my own lofty expectations for it. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play nerds on a road-trip to San Diego Comic Con. Along the way, they encounter Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen, an alien on the lamb from the feds since he crash-landed in New Mexico in the ’50s (yes, he’s the Roswell alien). Pegg and Frost have to help Paul stay out of the grasp of a special agent played by Jason Bateman.
This is the first time Pegg and Frost have been reunited on-screen since 2007’s “Hot Fuzz,” and the two collaborated on the script. Missing from the formula is Edgar Wright who declined to direct in favour of “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” Instead, the immensely talented Greg Mottola (“Superbad” and “Adventureland”) has taken the helm. The rest of the cast is a who’s who of talent in comedy, including Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Jeffrey Tambor … and Sigourney Weaver.
Clearly, “Paul” has a lot of comedic clout going for it. I’m eagerly awaiting the film’s March 18, 2011, release date and am very hopeful my walls will remain intact the day after.
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