Paul Blu-Ray Review

The Movie: 6/10
The most important thing about this movie is that it has given my husband a little touch of the cockies. He has a movie named after him, according to him, and I do not. Therefore, in order for me to admit I like Paul (the film version) to the whole world I need a movie called Cindy to be made.

It’s OK, I’ll wait.

While I sat patiently I searched and found enough offerings to satisfy my competitive nature. There is Cindy (1978) a Cinderella story, Frank and Cindy (2007) a documentary about an unusually dysfunctional couple, No Prom for Cindy (2002) a middle aged man plays the part of a teenage girl, Cindy and Donna (1970) a sexual coming of age romp, Ronny & Cindy (2006) a romantic comedy drama about a high strung couple, and one more of many, Cindy Goes to a Party (1955) a 9 minute short movie about a tom-girl who has a fairy god mother. As you can see my charming name is associated with some of the greats.

This buddy road trip alien contact flick surely can’t compare to the greatness of Cindy movies, but let’s look a little closer. Two British ‘nerds’ come to America for Comic Con and to tour the known alien tourist sites across our ET loving country. They rent an RV and head out on their journey packing a wollup of pop culture references, Star Trek, Star Wars, and whatnot. So far it’s worth a slight chuckle here and there.

Suddenly they cross paths with their wettest of dreams, a small gray alien. A pot smoking, cursing, too-cool-for-school, similarly pop cultural referencing alien. He can be invisible, do some cool stuff, and challenges the somewhat fearful duo to take some chances along the way. A few more chuckles slide out and the plot thickens.

There has to be peril, so there are governmental agents, Christians, and rednecks all in hot pursuit of the recreational vehicle. I sound like a IMDB plot summary machine, but it’s the kind of movie that has so much going on that the entertainment sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. The biggest part of the experience is all the clutter of activity with some heartfelt moments tucked in here and there like glue to hold it all together.

There are a lot of fart and penis jokes. When Kristen Wigg joins the party she is unraveling her lifetime of religious restrictions and swears up a storm, which makes me laugh out loud. Shaun of the Dead dudes are pretty fun to watch but they don’t really do it for me. Justin Bateman, now he’s got me hooked. He’s the straight serious agent chasing them just one step behind. Rogan’s voice and manerisms are Paul’s personality covered with a very good CGI alien body. Seriously, it looks awesome. There are good stunts and effects even a few crashes and explosions to liven things up between attempts at giggles.

The more I think about it the more fun I remember having, however, it’s draining from my memory quickly. If I wasn’t writing this review I might not have dredged up memories of it this many days later. Sure, the movie references are awesome and the image of Paul himself isn’t going to leave my brain anytime soon, but as a movie watching experience it’s left only a tiny impact crater.

Features: 8/10

  • Bloopers – Funny Outtakes.
  • The Evolution Of Paul – A 15 minute piece dealing with the special effects that made the character of Paul come alive. Some really fun insight here from all the special effects crew.
  • Simon’s Silly Faces – This extra is exactly what it says on the tin.
  • Who The Hell Is Adam Shadowchild – When you see the movie you will understand why you need to see who this character is.
  • Feature Commentary – A full length audio commentary with the director and stars, this tends to go off topic everytime Nick Frost opens his mouth it’s kinda flustrating.
  • Galleries – Lots of behind the scenes stills.
  • Between The Lightning Strikes: The Making Of Paul – A 40 minute making of documentary, very informative stuff if you like behind the scenes.
  • Behind The Scenes Featurettes – 63 minutes of various featurettes a treasure trove for fans of the movie.
  • DVD, Digital Copy & Free Bonus Streaming Movie – You can choose between Tremors 2 or Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. It’s a free one time rental basically. Plus on a second disc you get a DVD & Digital Copy of Paul.

Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
The poster is better than the cover image. I would have the poster as a poster, but that’s the end of Paul as decor in my house. The menu has live clips and navigation, blah blah. I will mention the opening credits here, not a normal feature of my reviews. They are pretty cool and more charming and interesting than some of the movie.

Audio & Video: 9/10 (By Ascully)
Unlike my technical ineptitude with this week’s podcast, Paul suffers no such issues. Boasting a 1080P VC1 transfer that looks out of this world (excuse the pun). This transfer is actually about as perfect as it gets on Blu-Ray with perfect color reproduction and shadow detail out the wazzoo.

Audio is also incredible but is mixed way to loud. I usually listen to Blu-Ray’s around 27db but I had to drop this disc to 32db to achieve my usual volume level. This is not really an issue just make sure you crank the sound system down a little if you do not want your ears blown out. Paul has a lossless track you will not soon forget despite the volume, with perfect panning across all the channels during some of the intense chase sequences and clear dialog throughout.

I went in expecting to love Paul given it’s pedigree and left entertained if somewhat underwhelmed. Depending on your penchant for dick and fart jokes your mileage may vary.

Value: 5/10
I would recommend it for a Friday night rental, with adults!! It’s not for the kids. I didn’t count but the f-word ran rampant. We watched the unrated version, so there ya go.  An average value for a middle of the road movie. Yes, it has it’s extraordinary moments and a dabble of laughter, it’s not enough to stretch over 20 bucks.

Overall Score 6.5/10