Home full movie review - Well...it could have been worse.
Warning: The following contains spoilers, if you you haven't seen this movie you may want to before reading this review.
Before Home, my least favorite DreamWorks animated film was Antz; while not a bad movie, it felt like an immature film for adults rather than a good movie for kids. Home is for kids, but not in a smart way; the jokes are kinda meh, the two main characters have their roles reversed and the story really flawed (like problems within the first 5 minutes flawed). So let's talk about the story; aliens called the Boov invade our world and conquer it easily...too easily. First off, where's our military? Why didn't we humans, who are naturally afraid of the unknown, fight to protect our planet? The story is really unrealistic and it gives kids the idea that if we were ever invaded, we wouldn't fight back (Independence Day this is not). Anyway, after the Boov invade our world, they male themselves at home and the film focuses on one Boov, Oh. He sends an invitation for a party he's hosting, but accidentally sent it to everyone in the galaxy, including the Boov's main adversary, the Gorg. Wanted by the Boov empire, Oh is now on the run to prevent from being arrested; along the way, he meets a girl named Gratuity "Tip" Tucci and her pet cat Pig, who are looking for her mother who like everyone else on Earth was relocated to Australia. I'm not making that up, the Boov literally placed all 7 billion people in the land down under. That makes no sense because while Australia is a big country, it's not big enough to hold every body on Earth. Not only that, but it's also not stable enough because most people aren't used to the warm climate nor are they used to seeing animals like kangaroos, echidnas, koalas, or wombats. Anyway, Oh agrees to help Tip find her Mom while at time, correct his mistake. To find Tip's Mom, they had to go to the Boov hub at the Eiffle Tower where not only do they find Tip's mother, but Oh kills his email before it reaches the Gorg. They then head to Australia, but it turns out the Gorg found the Boov and they go into battle. Oh leaves Tip, only to come back 5 minutes later and helps Tip reunite with her Mom. The reunion is short lived when the Gorg mothership arrives on Earth. They then realize the Gorg doesn't want to hurt anyone and only wants the stone the leader of the Boov, Captain Smek, took. After an anti- climatic climax, Oh gives the stone back to the Gorg, he leaves and they all have a party. Now that the story's out of the way, let's discuss the characters; now unlike most films, this has only 7 main characters and it's sort of a mixed bag. Oh (played by Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory) is our comedy relief who's the main character; the reason why this doesn't work is because he comes across as annoying rather then funny. That and he doesn't have that much character development, unlike Tip, whom this movie should have focused on. Tip (played by R&B singer, Rihanna) is a young girl who 's trying too find her Mom after they got separated during the invasion; she was a pet cat named Pig, but he doesn't do anything except act like a cat. Tip has the most character development and is more likable than Oh, but the movie doesn't focus on her and instead focuses on Oh. Let's talk about Tip's Mom, Lucy (played by another R&B singer and DreamWorks Animation veteran, Jennifer Lopez), despite being the macguffin to Tip's journey, the movie never gives us an insight on how she feels being separated from her daughter. I mean, she looks concerned, but I feel like the makes of this movie cut out a scene showing how she felt. Moving on, Kyle (played by Matt Jones) was supposed to arrest Oh, but after having enough of Captain Smek's idiocy, he becomes Oh's friend. Speaking of Smek (played by Steve Martin), he's really unlikable; he's a coward, a thief and a bully. How did this guy become captain of the Boov? Last but not least, the Gorg turns out not to be a bad guy, but an alien starfish that wanted his stone back because it held all his children. The humor really doesn't work; it's immature and dull, although Tip's lines were enjoy able. This movie's saving grace is the animation; the characters are designed really well and the flow is just so natural. I also like how the Boov change colors to express emotion; thoughts it's been done before, it's still really nice. Overall, it's harmless and appropriate for kids, but it suffers from a flawed story, and annoying main character and an unlikable antagonist. I recommend having your kids watch this while you're reading a book or something; your kids will have something to stare at and you'll have peace and quiet.