The Boov make a move
Release Date: OUT NOW! U | 94 minutes Director: Tim Johnson Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
Candy- coloured and cute as a bug, this toon about an odd- couple quest dares to boldly go where… just about everyone’s already been.
When accident- prone alien Oh ( Jim Parsons) teams up with Rihanna’s feisty human Tip, we’re not going anywhere Lilo & Stitch or Shrek haven’t already taken us. Except they get there faster. Setting up the invasion by the cowardly Boov makes this sight- gag- sprinkled tale a slow starter. But once Oh has accidentally betrayed their co- ordinates to the Boov’s deadly enemies, the Gorg, his fugitive mission with Tip bombs along through swooping jeopardy, including wrecking Paris with a topsy- turvy Eiffel Tower.
The comedy is gentle and age- appropriate – the Boov resemble slapstick, intergalactic Minions, so there’s no scary stuff. Adults will appreciate sly digs at everything from invasion tactics (“But the Boov liberate and protect!”) to rampant consumerism. Nonetheless, the life lessons about misfits making good, trying against all odds and family coming first rain down like a meteor shower.
Director Tim Johnson delivers high- quality, imaginative visuals and piles on pastel cuteness. Rihanna gives Tip an engaging mix of vulnerability and moxie, holding her own against Parson’s perkily eccentric Oh, who comes complete with Jar Jar Binks- style Googletranslate English. Steve Martin also has sly fun as the Boov’s coward- inchief Captain Smek, a notable plus for adults who need more than 3D hijinks and child- friendly yucks to chew on. Kate Stables
In the future everyone has wide eyes, all the time.