Monday, 25 May 2015

Home Review


Release Date: 19th March 2015 - Australia

Production Companies 
DreamWorks Animation

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Animation/Family 

Rating: PG
Runtime: 94 minutes 

Budget: $135,000,000

Box Office Gross: $386,041,607

Plot Summary
After the alien race 
called the Boov invades 
Earth to make it their 
home, a resourceful 
human girl named Tip 
avoids capture and 
embarks on a road trip 
of a lifetime with a 
banished Boov named 

Voice Cast
Jim Parsons - Oh
Rihanna - Gratuity "Tip" Tucci
Jennifer Lopez - Lucy
Steve Martin - Captain Smek
Matt Jones - Kyle
Brian Stepanek - Gorg

Director - Tim Johnson
Based on Book "The True 
Meaning of Smekday" - 
Adam Rex
Screenplay - Tom J. Astle 
and Matt Ember
Head of Story - Todd Wilderman
Producers - Suzanne Buirgy,
Chris Jenkins and Mireille Soria
Production Designer - Kathy Alteri
Character Designer - Takao Noguchi
Film Editors - Jessica Ambiner-
Rojas and Alexander Berner
Music - Lorne Balfe and Stargate

On a cold Sunday, I went to the cinemas to see HOME since there is no other interesting movies to watch. This animated film boasts some genuine animated graphics and tangible laughter, it frankly does not compliment the animation company DreamWorks which after a series of commercial disappointments (minus THE CROODS and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2) blew its chances to dream big to impress everyone. HOME attempts to regain the quality and hype of previous DreamWorks films but unfortunately, the story is quite simply too childish and inconsistent. Even the Boovs are very immature and self-centered beings who only care about themselves in their cowardice and the underdeveloped story did not explain how they were able to get past the planet's defence forces when they are meant to be invading Earth. If more attention had been given to the finer details and events in the story than it might have been less confusing and disorganised.

There is a reason why I wanted to see HOME which is perhaps because I am a fan of Jim Parsons who you might know as the actor who plays Sheldon Cooper from the TV sitcom BIG BANG THEORY. He fits in perfectly as voice actor for the character Oh who presents as a somewhat odd being whom the audience can sympathise with and laugh at his quirkiness. Aside from Parsons acting to which I deeply enjoyed hearing, there are a few other notably praise worthy voice talents of Steve Martin and Rihanna; I certainly don't have to criticise her acting versatility like I did once on BATTLESHIP (click here) where she had her first big break away from the music stardom.

The film apparently has similarities to the modern Disney classic LILO & STITCH (click here), especially the concept of a lonely girl bonding with a wanted alien, still HOME can still be an entertaining feature is you're in the mood for something light-hearted. I think people would agree to my critical opinion that HOME is an average film in comparison to other successful productions that have been released by DreamWorks.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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