The day started off nicely enough, a most beautiful Autumn Sunday. I suspect that the warm sun and the cool breeze was made all the sweeter thanks to the enjoyment of a (child-free) yummy brunch of eggs, bagels and tea with Matt. A lovely, all too rare, weekend treat.
And then the day turned a little pear shaped, as they say…best laid plans.
After a failed attempt to see Frankenstein at the Nova (don’t ask, really…) and bit of a tantrum on my part, we made the best of a disappointing situation and turned tale to Southland, bought treats and tickets to see Paul.
And can I just say – thank goodness for Paul and for Simon (Pegg) and Nick (Frost). I can always rely on you guys to lift my spirits.
Just as with Sean of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon and Nick’s latest offering is clever and quite hilarious. Paul is of course a tribute to science fiction films past and present, but I’m pleased to say that it doesn’t fall into the trap of parody.
Before seeing the film, I had heard that the sci fi references were a little obvious, somewhat self conscious. I totally disagree with this, I thought the call-outs were generally pretty subtle and any borrowed lines were worked into the dialogue pretty seamlessly. I honestly believe that the film would easily stand up with or without the element of homage.
At the end of the day, Paul is funny. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still has enough substance to avoid total frivolity. It’s a well put together film, effects-wise…Paul’s existence is entirely convincing, and voiced by Seth Rogen he’s terribly likeable.
I reckon this would make a pretty good date movie, especially if you’re a little over the holiday kids-flicks. I’d not say it’s great for the kids, if for no other reason but that it includes a fair bit of swearing. The curse-age is completely in context, and very entertaining, but might be a little hard to explain to an 8 year old…
In short – love it, and can’t wait to see it again. and again. and again.