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Amazing Movie Reviews: Home

By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

 

The Dreamworks animated movie Home was recently released on DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital HD format for audiences everywhere. It can be purchased on Amazon.

This colorful and humorous outing is directed by Tim Johnson (“Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”) with a screenplay written by Tom Astle and Matt Ember (“Epic”) based on the novel by Adam Rex.

Home centers around two main characters, the alien Oh and the young girl earthling named Tip. Oh is a member of the Boov, who dutifully follow the teachings of a goofy leader named Smek. The Boov are very cautious and handle confrontations by running away which has served them well in an ongoing battle with their most dangerous rivals, the Gorg. The Boov have targeted Earth as the next planet to colonize to hide from the Gorg. The Boov arrive and immediately move the earthlings via giant vacuum tubes to an amusement park-style community. Unfortunately, the alien Oh is left behind by the Boov and inadvertently sends the Boov’s new coordinates to their enemy Gorg’s mothership. Oh goes on the run, stumbling upon the lone human overlooked during the mass relocation, 12-year-old Tip, along with her pet cat. Tip is a girl earthling that is not transported by the vacuum because her cat is scanned by the spaceship, making the Boov think she is not an earthling. However, Tip is upset because she misses her mother, even though she is dealing with not feeling as if she belongs in her new environment after a recent move. Tip and Boov have similar experiences, being unique within their worlds and feeling lonely, causing them to have an uneasy bond. The added experience of being lost together brings them together in an interesting way.

A creative feature of the Boov is that they change colors according to their emotions, showing the audience an immediate interpretation of how circumstances affect them. The actors that play Oh (Jim Parsons) and Tip (Rhianna) portray their characters with creativity and energy, bringing the audience along with them as they improvise and experiment in their performances under the excellent direction of Tim Johnson. The animation allows the characters to be flexible and emotional. The characters portray a positive take on differences being good, whether it be in appearance or independence. The soundtrack featuring almost entirely Rhianna songs does its best to move the action along, but the movie would have been more entertaining with a little more variety in the artists.

I found Home full of positive messages: the importance of commitment and family, and not to run away from problems! More importantly, these messages are not forced down the viewer’s throat but delivered in a funny, entertaining manner. Oh and Tip have lots of humorous adventures together on their way to finding Tip’s mother and stopping the location message from reaching the Gorg. This makes their predicament seem lighthearted and not too scary for young children, all the way to the happy, life-lesson-filled ending.

If you get a chance, also pick up the book this movie is based upon called “The True Meaning of Smekday,” by Adam Rex. The book is funny with great illustrations.

The film is great for kids of all ages and would be perfect for a family movie night. I recommend you purchase this DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital HD because you will be watching it multiple times! This way you can enjoy the many hilarious jokes (some catering to kids, some to adults) that will sink in more with each viewing. It comes with a solid and emotionally satisfying ending.