Review: "Home" the movie

HOMEMovie: Home
Release Date: March 27th 2015
Language: English
Director: Tim Johnson
Based on: “The true meaning of Smekday” by Adam Rex
Stars: Rihanna, Jim Parson, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin

On Friday April 10th, I finally had the time to go see DreamWorks’ newest animation movie, titled Home. After getting my hopes up, I was definitely not disappointed . I will tell you why, after this quick summary for if you have no idea what I’m talking about!

“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.” (IMDb)

This adorably animated DreamWorks masterpiece is about Oh (Jim Parson), a very lovable small alien who, with all the other Boov, have been running from the Gorg.  They find planet Earth and place all humans in one continent, while the Boov take the rest of the world. One of the humans, Tip (Rihanna), not taken and repositioned by the Boov, stays behind in a city where Oh happens to be. In one cute and hilarious way, they find each other while both on different missions. From here on, an unlikely friendship arises and becomes one of those friendships you never want to see break and want to worship into eternity.

Tip, in search of her mother (Mymom! You will get this joke once you’ve seen the movie…), Tip’s cat named Pig, and Oh, running away from the other Boovs after he’s brought their safety in danger, are a weird yet perfect combination and I friend-ship it from now until forever.

I, myself, have been a big fan of DreamWorks for a couple of years now. This company has given us Shrek, The Croods, How To Train Your Dragon and now; Home. I have been building up hope since they have evolved so much in animation, that this had to be amazing. And it was! No surprise, since we already know they put a lot of work in their movies.

The story of the movie was great. The characters were adorable. I enjoyed the voice acting work so much. The voices fit the characters’ personalities perfectly. I laughed and I cried (twice) while my friends told me several times; ‘get your –ish together, it’s a kids movie!’…

The moments that are supposed to be funny are hilarious and the moments that are supposed to be sad got my heart racing and my veins pumping all sorts of feels. Oh lacks the ability to detect sarcasm and jokes and he does not understand what dancing is. He also talks in such an adorable way that the phrase “can I come out?” will forever be changed to “Can I come into the out now?” in my head alongside many other sentences.

The movie was apparently based on a book, which I did not know! The book, titled “The true meaning of Smekday”, published in 2007 follows a similar general plot like the one they use in the movie but has some differences.

To be honest, I loved everything about this movie. The voice actors, the characters, the animation, the story, the ending and the heart-ripping moment near the end which I will not spoil for you guys, but it got me madsad (another inside joke for those who have seen the move!).

In a nutshell:
Liked it: Yes!
Loved it: Eff YES!
Re-watch: Yes!!!!
Cinema worthy: ABSOLUTELY

Rebecca van der Elst

Rebecca is reviewer at the website, specialized in films. Rebecca is in love with any movie that features either cute animated characters or strong sexy heroes/heroïnes. You will always laugh with this girl.

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