After a hive-minded alien race called the Boov conquer the Earth, they relocate the planet’s human population — all except for a little girl named Tip (Rihanna), who’s managed to hide from the aliens. When Tip meets a fugitive Boov called Oh (Jim Parsons), there’s mutual distrust. However, Oh is not like his comrades; he craves friendship and fun. As their distrust fades, the pair set out together to find Tip’s mother, but, unbeknownst to them, the Gorg — enemies of the Boov — are en route.
In order to get a full review (incorporating both adult and child opinions) my six year old daughter accompanied me to the movie. Overall, we really liked the movie. According to my daughter, it was the funniest movie she has ever watched (granted, she says that about every new funny movie she sees). I thought it was entertaining. There were some inconsistencies, but the story was enjoyable and engaging.
The beginning of the movie drug on a little with Oh pretty much walking the viewers through the history of his people in the strange word sequence these aliens use. It was slightly annoying at first, but when Oh and Tip meet up, it’s broken up and isn’t so overwhelming.
Once we made it passed the uneven start, the movie came together. The interactions between Oh, Tip, and Pig Cat were entertaining. Tip’s initial distrust of the Boov’s (since they relocated all of the humans to a special isolated camps….wait….) and Oh’s attempts to ingratiate himself with her (so he can escape his people who believe in total conformity while he dances to his own tune, literally). Oh’s people are searching for Oh in order to vaporize him due to his many errors.
The last error was Oh’s accidental “send all” party invitation email that was also sent to the Boov’s enemy, the Gorg. One question: why did the Boov have the Gorg’s email address?
What follows is a race against time full of growing friendship/love, laughter, and human on alien violence. There are several morals tied into the plot. Standing out from the crowd, the importance of family and friendship, and forgiveness were all touched upon.
This is a fun movie whose funny moments were not ruined by the previews. It knew when to make you laugh and when to make the audience tear up (yes, I’m that dad). Check it out. It’s worth it.