Luis and the Aliens
Out Now On-Demand
Extra terrestrial. Extra trouble.
An 11-year-old boy makes friends with three lovable aliens who crash their ship into his house in this animated adventure comedy. In return for Louis's help using the home-shopping network, they save him from boarding school and head off on an adventure together.
Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family, World Cinema
Rating: PG Violence & scary scenes
Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark
Far from out of this world, directors Christoph and Wolfgang Launstein and Sean McCormack keep things mildly diverting for little ones, but bland for anyone old enough to make their own bed. When Nag, Wabo and Mog, a trio of intergalactic shape-shifting beings, crash their spacecraft into his house, 11-year-old Luis lends his new friends a hand, and they in turn help him deal with his overbearing dad.
An uninspired, wannabe comedy-adventure that’s neither very funny nor adventurous and is aimed squarely at younger audiences, there’s little for accompanying adults. Where the likes of Pixar and Disney would have developed a heartfelt tale of a parent and child coming to terms, there’s just a big empty hole in a script about as deep as a puddle of fizzy pop.
The pace between competent action set-pieces lags, but the bright, bold animation is pleasant enough to hold a young un’s attention. With a join-the-dots story and flimsy characterisation, along with a deeply uninspired voice-cast, there are so many great storytelling opportunities and potentially interesting themes raised and then ignored, it has the feel of a movie put together by a committee, determined to reach for mediocrity. A goal they achieve in underwhelmingly unexceptional style.
The Times (UK)
Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)