I don’t understand it….I just don’t understand it. I’m not complaining, but I just don’t get it. I don’t get it at all! Maybe I just can’t see it? Maybe I’m just not the smartest bulb among a group of vegetables? I mean, Dreamworks Animation’s fate was hanging by a thread; it needed a savior. THIS film was the savior?! I mean, Disney was in a similar situation years ago and Cinderella saved them which is something I can understand. But, Home is Dreamworks Animation’s savior?!
Alright, let’s just talk about the movie.
Home tells the story of an alien race called the Boov who run from planet to planet to escape their enemy, the Gorg. The Boov’s most recent relocation happens to be towards the planet Earth. Of course, Earth is already inhabited, so they have to conveniently get rid of the people living there by moving them all towards a small corner of the world, in this case, Australia. Hmm…sounds a lot like America’s foreign policy in the past.
One Boov named Oh, voiced by Jim Parsons, stands out from the others Boovs. While all the Booves respect and obey their leader, Captain, Smek, voiced by Steve Martin, they’re not particularly friendly or curious. Oh, on the other hand, is incredibly curious and friend-seeking that he verges on being annoying resulting in him having no friends.
Oh soon bumps into a young human girl (who missed the Australian Relocation)
named Tip, voiced by Rihanna.
The two don’t get along mostly since Tip hates Oh and his kind for colonizing her home and relocating the population including her mother, voiced by Jennifer Lopez. Yep, it really does sound like the effects of America’s foreign policy.
But, Tip soon learns to work with Oh as she needs his help to find her mom. And Oh needs Tip’s help (mostly her bad driving skills) to correct a faux pas that he made that could accidentally warn the Gorg of the Boovs’ location.
This movie is as clumsy and as bad as you could possibly imagine it to be. It’s just stupid! The story just seems childish and aimed for extremely young kids.
The voice acting is not incredibly terrible, but it’s nothing to be praiseworthy of, as is the animation. But, the only two positive things that I can say about this movie are that firstly, I like how some of the Boovs’ lives are portrayed. For example, they actually use bubbles to transport and carry things in. They have circular transparent tablet-type things for communication purposes. It’s a bit more sophisticated than I expected the Boov to have.
The second positive thing that I can say about this film is that I love the message it gives about colonialism/imperialism and how one nation getting involved in another nation, even if for its own “well-being”, almost always results in a negative effect!
But, none of that can actually save the movie. It’s a stupid and frustrating movie to see and you’ll feel like your intelligence is being insulted. I’m glad that Dreamworks Animation is still alive and kicking, but I’ll never understand how THIS was the film that saved it!