Morons From Outer Space

Starring: Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones and Jimmy Nail
RRP: 12.99
Certificate: PG
Available 24 January 2005

Four aliens from the planet Blob are drifting lost in space, close to the planet Earth. While their ostensible leader Bernard (Mel Smith) goes out to play a zero gravity game of space ball, Desmond (Jimmy Nail) commandeers the spacecraft and sets off to look for a drink, leaving Bernard stranded. Down on Earth, lowly TV journalist Graham (Griff Rhys Jones) has been left alone in the news studio to answer the phones, and is shocked when a report of a motorway crash comes in - aliens have landed on the M1...

I originally saw Morons From Outer Space at the cinema when I was 14. This film is now 20 years old, having its theatrical release in 1984 and I must admit I was a little apprehensive about rewatching it.

The story is simple, four aliens are stranded on Earth. Three of them are discovered and become an over night phenomena - releasing singles of truly awful music, designing their own brand of beer and taking part in every chat show going. The remaining member of the crew, who is the only one who has the slightest bit of intelligence, manages to get separated from his group and wanders around trying to find the other three members of his species.

The sad fact is that this movie has dated - and very badly. While there are still plenty of jokes that work as well now as they did 20 years ago, the majority of them don't work that well to begin with. Anyone under the age of 12 will probably love this, but adults may find it a bit of a yawn.

If it wasn't for the fact that Smith and Rhys Jones are in it, this would have been a lot worse than it is.

There are no extras of any description on this release, which is a shame. An audio commentary would have been welcomed, and there must have been some deleted scenes that could have been included.

Darren Rea

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