Monday, April 13, 2015


Rating : 7/10
Release Date : 10th April, 2015
Time : 94 minutes
Director : Tim Johnson; Writer : Tom J Astle, Matt Ember based on the book by Adam Rex (The True Meaning of Smekday); Music : Lorna Balfe
Starring (voices of) : Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones

Half the points here are for the story, the animation and the dialogue. The other half are for the voice of Jim Parsons, who’s dialogue delivery so uncannily suits the scrambled Yoda like grammar of his race, that it just makes everything funnier. And this is despite my being a very intermittent viewer of his act as Sheldon in Big Bang Theory

The Boovs are a species that specialize in running. Usually from the Gorgs, their sworn enemies. They’ve now, led by their Captain Smekday (Steve Martin), come to Earth and, aided by a couple of nifty devices, have managed to transplant the humans to settlements in remote areas while they’ve taken over the rest of the planet. After a long time, they feel safe, until an error by Oh! (Jim Parsons) threatens to expose their location to the Gorgs, making him an instant outcast and fugitive. At the same time, Tip (Rihanna), a young teen, left behind by the relocation effort, wants to find her mother (Jen Lopez). These two fugitives unite and then the fun begins…

The humour here comes from the way Oh!’s character is depicted (extremely friendly, always enthusiastic, and quite error prone – all very un-Boov like tendencies), Captain Smekday (quite eccentric, especially with his Shush-er, the tendency to ask for the ‘purple one’ to stand out etc) and the various situations that Oh and Tip find themselves in…

It’s a fun film overall, about a misfit trying to find a way to make his mark and a young girl’s determination to find her family (an alien concept for the Boovs). There is nothing new, nothing dramatic that happens, no major message that stays but with some nice music, funny repartee and great dialogue delivery, this is one entertaining watch for the family

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