Who doesn’t love Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? To contrast with the seriousness of yesterday’s movie, today’s is “Paul” which, being a geek, I adore. Pegg and Frost play geeks from the UK – not a stretch – who rescue an alien on the run in the US, voiced by Seth Rogen and realised by amazing character animation.
They’re aliens abroad and Paul is an actual alien – see what they did? It’s full of geek references, quotes and jokes about conspiracy theories, comics, fantasy novels, TV shows and movies. It plays on how wonderful the US is but also how weird it can be for an outsider.
It’s action-packed and hilarious but has a big heart too, like Paul himself. And Frost’s character gets points from me for being a fan of Ming The Merciless.