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Luis and The Aliens
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You should better off watching E.T. or Lilo and Stitch.
Genre: Sci-fi
Comedy
Directed By: Christoph Lauenstein
Wolfgang Lauenstein
Produced By: Jana Bohl
Emely Christians
Jean-Marie Musique
Christine Parisse
Written By: Christoph Lauenstein
Wolfgang Lauenstein
Starring: Callum Maloney
Dermot Magennis
Ian Coppinger
Paul Tylak
Lucy Carolan
Eoin Daly
Aileen Mythen
Simon Toal
Photography: Color
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox (Germany)
Viva Pictures (United States)
Warner. Bros (United Kingdom)
Release Date: 22 March, 2018 (Luxembourg City Film Festival)
24 May, 2018 (Germany)
August 17, 2018 (United States)
24 August, 2018 (United Kingdom)
Runtime: 86 minutes
Country: Germany
Luxembourg
Denmark
Language: German
English
Box Office: $12.6 million


Luis and The Aliens (also known as Luis and His Friends from Outer Space or Luis und die Aliens in Germany) is a 2018 German-Luxembourgish-Danish comedy animated film produced by Ulysses Film Production and distributed by 20th Century Fox in Germany, Viva Pictures in North America, and Warner. Bros in the United Kingdom.

Plot

The story is about an 12-year-old boy named Luis who makes friends with three lovable little aliens (Wabo, Nag and Mog), who crash their spaceship at an abandoned gas station near his house. In return for Luis' help in finding the home-shopping channel stuff they came for, they also save Luis from boarding school - as well as an exciting adventure that follows.

Why It's Extraterrestrial Trouble

  1. Unoriginal and cliched plot that ripped off better movies like E.T.
  2. Some of the characters in this are very unlikeable, such as Luis' dad, who is more interested in seeing aliens more than his son, and he mostly sleeps throughout the film until the end and the first scene
  3. Bad voice-acting. Many of the actors feel like they were forced to do this, and feel very unenthusiastic with their voices, one of the aliens even sounds like Pleakely from Lilo and Stitch.
  4. While the soundtrack is decent, there are times where it’s used at a scene that is unfitting, such as the barber scene, when they're messing up the villain’s hair, chase music is played during this.
  5. The idea that the aliens eat people's hair so they can transform into that person is really stupid, and the movie never addresses how they can do this, it’s just shown on screen.
  6. Unfunny and terrible humor, such as the lime alien writing a message in their language, which means “Nag is a buttface”. And in one instance where the same alien eats a bubble in a washing bottle, causing him to burp out bubbles.
  7. Luis's principal (the villain) is a rip-off of Ms. Grunion from Mr. Peabody and Sherman(personality-wise) and Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmations (design-wise).
  8. The aliens are unfunny Minions rip-off, but not having what made people like them to begin with, similar to the Lemmings in Norm of the North. Their design and personalities are also similar to Dee Dee, Marky and Joey's from Oggy and the Cockroaches, and even Ed and Edd and Eddy.
  9. The movie has a mean spirited tone (similar to Chicken Little) as the people make fun of Luis's father at the beginning as they don't believe him that the aliens exist, as well as the bullies making fun of Luis at one scene where they take a cake that he made for him and throw him into a garbage can.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The soundtrack, although unfitting, is decent.
  2. Surprisingly good and passable animation.
  3. Luis and Jennifer are the only two likable characters.
  4. Decent characters designs.
  5. At least when Luis and his dad proved to everybody that aliens exist at the end of the movie, the townspeople apologized for their mean-spiritedness.

Reception

The movie received mixed-to-negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It has a 24 percent and on Metacritic, it has a 46/100, indicating mixed or average reviews, but was a box office success.

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