Home – A blast for the little ones!
Directed by: Tim Johnson
An adorable alien species know as the Boov, lightly invade Earth and reposition all of humanity to Australia. They are fleeing from another group of aliens from whom they stole a sacred relic know as “The Shusher”, and boy do they love Earth! One of the Boov, named Oh (Parsons), accidentally sends a signal to the predatory aliens who are hunting them and becomes a fugitive on the run. This is when he bumps into the lone human remaining outside of the quarantined Australia. She is a young lady by the name of Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci (Rihanna) and she will stop at nothing to find her mother. The two team up, for lack o fa better idea, and head off towards the down under.
The bulk of the comedy in “Home” comes from the odd couple conversations that Oh and Tip have during their journey. Oh is silly and kids will love that he (and the rest of the Boov) speaks in a oddball, broken English. The theater I saw it in had a bunch of 3 to 5 year olds who giggled every time he spoke. Tip is a likeable hero, and a fresh one in that she is female and a minority. Kudos to Dreamworks there. Indeed Rihanna dominates the movie as most of the soundtrack is sung by her as well. That is not a bad thing though as the songs are catchy and her vocalization of Tip is good.
The only issue I had with the movie was that it lacked the “Adult friendly” humor I have grown accustomed to in most animated films these days. I chuckled here and there, but pretty much all of the funny stuff is meant for a very young demographic. That is not necessarily a bad thing if you are taking your young one to see it (I took my 14 year old and she seemed to enjoy it but also feel like it was a “Little Kiddy”), but don’t go tired or you may end up dozing off.