March 20, 2011
The second scene of Paul is a litmus test. The people who get it are going to really really get it. The people who don’t — I can’t imagine what they must think, and what they think is going to happen in the rest of the movie. I’m in the former category, because when we first see the two main characters, they’re wearing San Diego Comic-Con badges, which I recognized. I loved the whole sequence because it’s two guys totally enjoying themselves at Comic-Con, for all the reasons I did, and I could totally relate. That’s how I know that about half the jokes in the movie were there just for me, and the other few hundred thousand folks who’ve been to Comic-Con who also saw Paul this weekend.
The rest of the movie was serviceable. There was maybe one too many cheap shot and definitely a few too many “are you guys gay?” jokes. The plotting was very very meta: as soon as Wyoming got mentioned, in the first scene no less, I knew the climactic scene was going to be at Devils Tower, which it was, because how could it not? And when the movie goes through absolute contortions to not show us the MiB head-honcho’s face, you just know the person playing that part is going to be a big reveal, which it is, and a satisfying one at that. My favorite part ended up being Jason Bateman as MiB Agent Zoil, for various reasons that came to a head at the end of the story. Who knew?