The genial comedy, which also stars Kristin Wiig and the voice of Seth Rogen as a remarkably earthy alien, played well at SXSW, without igniting huge fires under the film critics (it currently sits at 68% on the Tomatometer). In short, it's popcorn escapist entertainment, which Mottola and I discuss below, along with the difficulties of animating a major character in a live action movie and getting smart movies made in Hollywood. He also explains how Pegg's director on Tintin, Steven Spielberg, wound up with a cameo in the movie.
Moviefone finds Paul "funny and sweet fan boy pandering," while ThePlaylist loves the Paul alien: "he’s a wonderful creation. Double Negative‘s FX work is world-class, making Paul easily the equal of the best of the CGI creatures like Davy Jones and Gollum, and there isn’t a single moment in which he isn’t totally convincing. More importantly, however, he’s just kind of a delight to hang out with: profane, profound and big-hearted."
Here's my interview with Mottola:
Pegg and Frost on Moviefone's UNSCRIPTED: