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  • Casting Seth Rogen as the wise-cracking alien wasn't my problem though

    • by A Catholic Perspective

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      Oh, how I wanted to like this movie! It’s got an impressive cast, including Simon Pegg, Kristin Wiig, Jane Lynch, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, even a cameo by Steven Spielberg! Casting Seth Rogen as the wise-cracking alien wasn’t my problem though. I felt that this was a case of good acting, subpar writing. I would have understood if this was a movie for kids, but it’s not. I was expecting

      a little more sophistication, a different take on the whole alien genre.

      Instead, I get a movie that openly bashes religion. My friend was pretty bothered by that. I tried to keep an open mind, but looking back, I feel like my faith was indeed disrespected. I don’t know if it was out of spite or ignorance or the writers wanting to be cool and hip, but it seems like a major theme ...

      • of “Paul” was that if alien life exists, God does not exist. I don’t understand that. Maybe God created life on other planets, who knows?

        For me, the heart and soul of this comedy was Kristin Wiig. She has a very attractive screen presence. However, I was dismayed that her character Ruth abruptly gives up her Christian faith. She starts cussing like there’s no tomorrow, which is funny at first, but

        grew tiresome after awhile. I wish her character had developed a little bit more, maybe reconciling her new knowledge of aliens with her childhood belief in Christianity?

        It’s hard to find a good sci-fi comedy. I’m a comic loving fanboy, so I eagerly await these kind of stories. But I also happen to be Catholic. That part of me, as well as the grown-up geek inside, wanted something more out of “Paul.”

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