Home Film Review

Film Review by Clayton Barnett

The Premise
When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

The Review
Spielberg's Dreamworks borrows a bit from his own E.T. with this funny fish-out-of-water tale of self-discovery.

Dreamworks' director Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Antz) can obviously handle slick action sequences, there were a lot of moments where myself and my three young cousins were ducking and diving from the 3-D spectacle. An escape scene in Paris had the point of the Eiffel Tower almost touching our noses!

The story just lacked a bit of originality like other Dreamworks' hits like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. Even the name of the movie seems a little uninspired. The screenwriting duo behind the little-seen (but very good) animated film Epic and Get Smart nail the slapstick (my cousins were cracking up) and the sight gags but you get the feeling you've seen it all before. Though there's nothing wrong with that and it does pack a nice 'be-yourself' message for the kids.

Kudos for having a strong female lead character, as my three companions were all girls aged from four to eight and they all loved it.

Full credit to The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon aka Jim Parsons who does a great job as the misunderstood Oh, and Rihanna is surprisingly good as Tip too.

The Verdict
Home may seem like familiar easy comfort food - and not in the same gourmet realm of Big Hero 6 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 - but that's not a bad thing, my cousins ate it up all the same.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 19th March 2015
Rating: PG
Duration: 94 minutes 
Genre:  Family Animated
Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin
Director: Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Ants)

The Extras
Gratuity 'Tip' Tucci, voiced by Rihanna, is the first black protagonist in a feature film by DreamWorks Animation.

Jim Parsons character Oh was originally to be named "J. Lo" - though it was changed for unknown reasons. In real life, "J. Lo" is a nickname Jennifer Lopez goes by. Coincidentally, she is also in the voice cast of this film.

This movie is based on the book "The True Meaning of Smekday"

Rhianna created the whole soundtrack for this film

Home features a Calico colored cat, the same coloration of the cat featured in the Disney movie Big Hero 6 which hit theaters 4 months prior to the release of Home.

The original US release date was November 26, 2014, but was pushed back to March 27, 2015, about five months later, switching places with "The Penguins of Madagascar", possibly for the benefit of the earlier film's box office impact.