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DreamWorks Countdown 31: ‘Home’

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There are several DreamWorks movies which are truly underrated. Whether it’s for their absurd amount of undeserved hate they get or just not getting the attention they deserve, these underrated films are worthy of more praise. Home is one of those movies; people either choose to forget about it or hate on it as if it were absolutely terrible. That is something I will never understand. Home is such an entertaining, sweet, and solid animated film. One of the best DreamWorks films ever made? Not by a long shot, but it is definitely a DreamWorks film to enjoy watching.

Home starts with an alien species known as the Boov moving to planet Earth to hide away from their enemy, the Gorg. The Boov proceed to invade planet Earth by relocating all the humans, and having all the Boov live in all the places the humans aren’t relocated. Upon the first day of their arrival, however, one Boov named Oh tries to invite his friend Kyle to his party, but he accidentally sends his invitation to everyone else in the universe including the Gorg causing the Boov to panic.

Oh is now a fugitive on the run from all the Boov who are trying to arrest him. Oh hides inside a convenience store where he ends up bumping into a pet cat name Pig and Tucci (Tip, for short), a young girl who is looking for her mother since she was relocated. Oh helps Tip fix her car after she crashed it and Tip let’s Oh tag along with her on her search to find her mom.

Oh and Tip head to where all the humans were relocated (including Tip’s mom). When Oh and Tip get there however, the Gorg ends up finding the Boov hiding in planet Earth and starts invading Earth to attack the Boov for the his own personal reasons. So it’s up to Oh to find out how to stop Gorg from attacking the Boov on planet Earth and help Tip find her mother who she was trying so hard to find.

Both Oh and Tip have a fantastic relationship together and work so well off of one another. Every scene with them has some of the best character-building moments of the movie. Through them, we get to know more about how the Boov see humans and how the humans see Boov. Both of them are also very easy to be invested in because Oh and Tip are just so likable, but have obstacles to overcome and I just love how they helped each other out and had each other’s back.

When it comes to the voice acting, everyone does a good job. Jim Parsons, especially, made Oh his own character and gave him so much personality. Rihanna was also surprisingly good. At times, her voice can be distracting, but she gave an excellent performance as Tip. As for Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and especially Matt L. Jones, they were all great in this and all of the cast fit their characters so well.

The Boov are awesome. With their unique and cute design, how they change color depending on how they are feeling, how they mistaken things humans use on a daily basis as something completely different, I love how much the Boov stand out as aliens. Another thing that really stands out with Home is its colorful animation and its creative spin with its alien invasion. Home is also full of so many funny moments and the majority of them land. Oh especially is so hilarious and charming.

I think the thing I liked the most about Home, and what especially made the film win me over, was its beautifully-executed third act. The first two acts were enjoyable, but the third act felt like a completely different and better film than it already was. It has some of the best character moments, its the most engaging part of the movie, its full of so much emotion and heart, the twist at the end is so well-done, and how the story all wraps up is beyond satisfying. The third act alone makes this movie. It was so good that when I first saw Home in theaters, the audience was crying and getting so emotional.

As much as I thoroughly enjoy Home, though, the film isn’t perfect. Captain Smek is an unlikable, cliché, and one-dimensional antagonist and, although Steve Martin gave a great performance, the writing just wasn’t there. There are parts of the film where certain characters make decisions that do feel kind of forced. There are some illogical things that happen while the Boov invade Earth. Easily the biggest problem of the film are the Rihanna songs. They feel so out of place in a film that co-stars Rihanna and, every time they play one of her songs, it can be pretty distracting.

Aside from those problems I have with the movie, Home is a solid buddy road-trip family film that takes a unique spin on the sci-fi world invasion genre, with the inclusion of the Boov and how they act, feel, and are designed as aliens. The relationship between Oh and Tip is very charming, the story is very well-executed, it’s full of funny moments, has a lot of heart, and is just an overall quality animated family flick. Many people may disagree with me, but I’ll just simply wave my hands in the air because I just do not care!

 

Edited by: Kajsa Rain Forden

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  • Jordan Briskin

    Personally, the premise of this film (which, I hasten to add, I’ve never actually seen) strikes me as a bit too ridiculous, and I find Jim Parsons absolutely annoying.

    • Ryan

      I never really found him annoying in this movie at all. Loved the voice-acting from him. He gave Oh so much personality and made him so likable. Yeah, the premise is really out there, but it works surprisingly well and makes for some pretty fun ideas.

  • I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one, but I agree with pretty much every bit of this article. This movie is firmly in the “yeah, I’m fine watching it again” category for me… I can put it on and just enjoy it.

    That said, I actually didn’t find Rihanna’s songs annoying in this. Maybe because I’m not very familiar with her work, but the first time I heard a song from her was “Shut Up And Drive” in Wreck-It Ralph, so I was somehow able to separate “Rihanna as Tip” and “Rihanna as a singer”. And the songs fit the emotions of the moment.

    One strong moment was right at the beginning… the whole premise of the movie is that all of humanity is relocated to Australia while the Boov take everything else. That could have been hugely traumatic, but because of how it was written and presented, you just kind of go along with it. From the humans’ point of view, it was basically a sci-fi horror movie in the first 5 minutes.

    • Ryan

      It’s certainly easy to separate Rihanna’s songs from her voice as Tip, but there are times where both the song is playing and Tip is speaking and it did distract me a few times. One or two would have been enough for me.

  • Chelsea Warner

    I love this movie! I think a lot of people found Oh annoying, but I didn’t have a problem with it because that was the point of his character.

  • Alex Beezley

    While I don’t dislike this film as much as some people, I think that Home is among DreamWorks’ weakest films. I couldn’t stand Jim Parsons’ voice, the story was very formulaic, and the animation was simply average. While watching this film, there were many times during which I lost interest in it completely. I’ve seen animated films that are much worse than Home, but it was so dull and obnoxious to the point that I didn’t enjoy it.

    • Ryan

      I’ve seen a great number of DreamWors films that I feel to be a lot weaker than Home. Its first third maybe formulaic, but from there, it gets a lot better and more engaging. Especially the amazing third act and how it all concludes so satisfyingly. I find Home a lot more enjoyable and charming than dull and obnoxious. I’ve already explained why I love Jim Parsons as Oh so much as well, so I don’t need to repeat myself. It’s fine if you didn’t feel the same, but thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • I agree that Home is underrated. I don’t think it
    isa very good movie as it feels rather bland and
    hollow, but it was also sweet and a bit charming.

    • Ryan

      Bland and hollow is kinda harsh. I’d say it’s that kind of family film that plays it safe and forced at times until that awesome third act. I’d say it’s a very good film. Even if it’s not one of my favorites by DreamWorks.

      • Perhaps, me using the word bland was a bit too
        much. I enjoyed Home, but overall was average.

        • Ryan

          Yeah. Certainly nowhere near the best I’ve seen, but I really appreciated it for what it was. However, the best things about the film are just so darn good that it just won me over as a whole.

  • Firecat

    Finally, someone who agrees with me! It’s nice to see people who appreciate and accept this cute movie for what it is, however flawed it may be!

  • Rachel Wagner

    I find this one to be a tough sit but glad you enjoy it. Great review

    • Ryan

      Thanks, Rachel. 🙂

  • Thank you! This is actually one of my favorite recent DreamWorks films, and I feel hard pressed to find anyone else who agrees with me! Is it their best work? No, but it is funny and charming, and I loved the twist at the end.

    I will take a slight exception to the opinion that the songs are the worst part of the movie, I happen to love them, and I even bought the soundtrack, which is something I almost never do. In fact, I think I’ve probably listened to the music from home a LOT more than I’ve seen the actual movie. :p

    One minor note, Tip’s full name is Gratuity Tucci, which is why her nickname is ‘Tip.’ Because a ‘gratuity’ is the more formal word for a ‘tip’ given to a waiter, driver, delivery person, etc. 🙂

    • Ryan

      Sorry for that error with Tip’s full name. Didn’t notice it ‘til now.

  • Marielle

    I couldn’t stand Oh, he ruined the movie for me. It’s funny because I loved Jim Parson as Buddy the Elf in the stop-motion Christmas special and he’s doing the same voice. Also the movie felt derivative of Lilo & Stitch.

    • Ryan

      Aw, I loved Oh. He didn’t ruin the movie for me at all. I thought he was so funny and likable and I love the journey he goes on with Tip. And “derivative” isn’t the word I’d use to describe that comparison. More like “inspidered by”. Even then, there are some glaring differences between each film. Though I will certainly say Lilo & Stitch is the better film.

  • I found this film charming in its own unique way and found Tip and Oh endearing. Not everything in the film works (I honestly thought Steve Martin’s character too annoying to tolerate), and I can see why the songs can come off as distracting but I still thought it was worth watching once or twice. I wouldn’t put this on my top 5 favorite DreamWorks films but I’m glad I went and saw it.

  • Mário

    Home is the most exciting movie I ever watched, but I think they’ll make a sequel for Christmas 2019.

    • Mário

      When it finishes the netflix tv series.

    • Mário

      It’s based upon the novel “Smek for President”.

  • Sebastian

    I like the song (Towards the sun) and the animation is neat on the car running on bubbles. But overall I don’t see the appeal here. Glad others find joy in it though.

    • Ryan

      It’s ok. I wouldn’t consider it one of Dreamworks’s best, but it’s very enjoyable to me and it surprised me in a lot of ways. Especially towards the end.

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  • Mário

    And what about Tip’s father?