ABC Film Challenge – Animation – L – Luis & The Aliens (2018) Movie Review


Director: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Sean McCormack

Writer: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Sean McCormack (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis, Ian Coppinger, Paul Tylak, Lucy Carolan, Eoin Daly

Plot: An 11-year-old boy befriends three aliens after they crash their spaceship into his house.

Tagline – Extra terrestrial. Extra trouble.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Cute & Serious

Story: Luis & The Aliens starts as we meet Luis a young boy that is struggling to fit in and his father Armin is a UFO nut that everybody in the town sees as crazy, this has led to the principal starting to worry about his safety. Luis is getting tired of his father’s action until one day three aliens Wabo, Mog and Nag visit Earth during their own space cruise.

When the four meet they both work together to help the aliens got off Earth and Luis find a new reason for life, hopefully bringing him closer to his father before being taken away from him.

Thoughts on Luis & the Aliens

Characters – Luis is a typical school child on the outside, but he does struggle to fit in, he has been dealing with the loss of his mother, which has seen him become distant from his father. He is sinking into a depression that will see him being taken away from his father. He befriends the aliens for an adventure he never imagined that could turn his life around. Wabo, Mog and Nag are the aliens who carelessly visit Earth who just want to get home with a television channel shop. They get themselves into all sorts of troubles during their adventure on Earth.

StoryThe story here follows a young boy that has become distant from his own father after the death of his mother, that gets a visit from aliens who could finally bring him closer to his father once again. This story does have a surprisingly serious side to everything going on, it shows us how people need to make time for the loved ones and kids need to learn how to treat each other, sure we do get the silly fun with the aliens activities, but the rest has a bigger message which could be important to many people to see. The story is also easy to follow which would make it a joy for the younger audience too.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure side of this film shows us where the aliens have come from in a world that haven’t been to before, while Luis’ life finally gets some excitement. The comedy in the film comes from the aliens, who will get the most laughs through the film.

SettingsThe film takes us to a small town location which shows how the local kid would know how to avoid troubles when it comes to getting away from the people after them.

AnimationThe animation is lower quality than the bigger studios, but still works for the story it is trying to tell.

Scene of the Movie – The chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The comedy can get a little too silly.

Final Thoughts This is a cute film that the younger audience will enjoy, it does have a family message which is always important to have.

Overall: Fun and cute.

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