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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.

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