Home, the new animated film from DreamWorks animation, is a tough film to review. At once, it is a movie that some children will go into and have a good time with, with Jim Parson’s recognizable voice being the key pulling-in factor as well as the colorful look of the visuals. Also, it succeeds in being a nice little time for the kids, with goofy humor and kid-friendly storytelling. But that kid-friendly storytelling and the absence of anything more is what drags it down, making it feel like nothing more than a squirm-in-your-seat-and-wait-for-it-to-end feature that goes on and on and on for a (mere) ninety or so minutes.
Oh (Jim Parsons) is on the run. He’s a Boov, an alien species who has just peacefully settled into its new home (Earth) while being on the run itself. But the Boov are on the run from the Gorgs, a hostile species that has been tracking the Boovs down because they hold a rock that is important to them. Oh is on the run from his own people, though, because he has just unintentionally sent out an invitation to every being in the galaxy to his housewarming party, which mean the Gorgs now have the Boovs’ location. So Oh is a fugitive, on the run from his own species as well as hiding from the Gorgs. In the middle of all this, he meets Tip (Rihanna), a teenage girl who is searching for her mother who disappeared after the aliens’ arrival.
The movie is mostly focused on the bond between Oh and Tip, with Oh learning more about humanity. It’s never as interesting as you would hope, with Jim Parson’s voice and the constant mispronunciation of his character’s words becoming annoyingly repetitive. The visuals are nice, never a scene going by without some appealing color, but the movie is just too dumbed down and silly to rank with some of DreamWorks’ best entries.
Rated PG for mild thematic elements
Starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
Written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember
Directed by Tim Johnson