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Home (2015)

March. 18,2015
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6.6
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PG
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When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip (Rihanna), manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

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Stometer
2015/03/18

Save your money for something good and enjoyable

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VeteranLight
2015/03/19

I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.

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Kaelan Mccaffrey
2015/03/20

Like the great film, it's made with a great deal of visible affection both in front of and behind the camera.

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Freeman
2015/03/21

This film is so real. It treats its characters with so much care and sensitivity.

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Evan Wheatley
2015/03/22

"Let's go see that new movie with the cute alien!" my girlfriend said as I sighed internally. Animated films are typically not my cup of tea, and out of all the action-packed blockbusters out at the time like "Kingsman" and "Furious 7," she had to choose the Sheldon Cooper alien flick. However, in every relationship it is important to strive to make the other person happy, so we went to see the cute alien movie…and I was pleasantly surprised by DreamWorks' "Home." Jim Parsons stars as Oh, a whimsical, accident-prone alien part of the race known as the Boov. The movie opens with narration from Oh explaining whom the Boov are, how their society works and their current predicament. On the run from the menacing Gorg, the Boov discover and invade the Earth in a friendly fashion, deeming it a suitable place to seek refuge. After transferring the human population to a remote location on the planet, the Boov effortlessly occupy the cities of Earth and add a personal touch to the established human society.Shortly after their arrival, Oh decides to host a party for the other Boov in his apartment. When no one shows up, Oh tries to convince Kyle (Matt Jones), a Boov cop who Oh claims is his best friend, to come to the party. Rather than sending a single invite to Kyle however, he accidentally sends a mass invite to every species in the galaxy, including the Gorg. Already not being liked by his kind for his odd and eccentric nature, this mistake results in Oh becoming a fugitive. While all this is happening, a young human girl named Tip (Rihanna) is driving through the city with her cat Pig after being separated from her mother during the invasion. By chance, Tip and Pig cross paths with Oh as he is fleeing the Boov authorities. Tip has a burning hatred for the Boov because of the invasion, and this is exhibited in her encounter with Oh. However, after realizing that Oh can help reunite her with her mother, Tip reluctantly allows him to travel with her and Pig.The chemistry between Jim Parsons and Rihanna is the driving force behind the story. Oh is adorable. Parsons and the animators do a great job in conveying the positive attitude that characterizes Oh while also subtly showing the underlying sadness that he feels from being an outcast. The gradual shift in Tip's demeanor towards Oh and the friendship that develops between them is also fun to watch. Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Matt Jones also do well in their supporting roles.While the plot is not quite as jumbled as expected, the writing is still the weakest aspect of the film. Oh's narration in the opening minutes throws the audience right into the world of the Boov and the Gorg in an approach that feels slightly rushed and forced. In addition to this, the Boov speak in a broken form of English not alluded to in Oh's monologue at the beginning, which made the first several minutes of the movie puzzling for me. Once you're settled into the film however, you will begin to smile, laugh and possibly cry at the comical, yet moving story unfolding on screen.I have never been a fan of the 3D gimmick. Today it is overused, not used to its full potential and expensive. However, the cinematography in this movie stood out to me particularly because of the way the 3D was utilized in the opening thirty minutes of the film. There is one shot in particular in which the camera weaves in and out of various rooms and a ventilation shaft in a house. This is neat to watch in and of itself, but the 3D feature makes the viewer actually feel like he or she is in the room, flying amidst the clutter and the small corridors in the ventilation shaft.Thanks to a star-studded cast, a fairly cohesive script and effective visuals, "Home" is a funny, warm and heart-felt film that will appeal to audiences of all ages. A couple of takeaway points from the experience: never judge a book by its cover, and guys don't be hesitant to let the lady choose the movie every once and a while, she just might surprise you.

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alex kraefft
2015/03/23

DreamWorks Animations film 'Home' feels rushed and underdeveloped. Despite the delayed release, 'Home' barely holding a candle to the intended franchise potential of previous DreamWorks Spring releases such as 'The Croods' and "How to Train Your Dragon'. This is mainly due to the uninspired script, bland two-dimensional characters, and the overbearing use of Rihanna's 8 original soundtracks segueing almost every scene. The film attempts to project individual concerns and hardships onto a new and interesting alien protagonist, Oh, through his continued ostracisation and inability to make friends. However, from the start of the film every detail about Oh's personality and character traits are spelled out through the unnecessary insight given by his narration, removing any subtlety in the character and spoon-feeding the audience. While I understand that the film must cater to the younger target demographic, the studio's tactics of delivering information to the audience seem simplistic and uninspired as the film spells out literally every detail about the characters and events, consequently allowing the audience to guess exactly what will happen for the next 5 minutes of any scene. As if the cookie-cutter scaffold of the film isn't enough, the excessive use of upbeat and lyrical soundtracks during every scene makes almost any character emotions null and redundant, as their connection to each other is dependent on the soundtrack propelling the story and character development, rather than the motivations of the characters in relation to the over-arching plot. All in all, this movie is lazy, uninspired, and overly-dependent on Rihanna's 8 original soundtracks in order to market and shape the story.

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vesil_vesalier
2015/03/24

Yes there are spoilers here. There are always spoilers here.It's a shame when you see a trailer and realize that everything you're seeing is the best of the movie. Sometimes you can't see that until you actually watch the movie, and sometimes you already know that what you see is all you're going to get.In the case of HOME, you get neither.Oh is an alien who is oblivious to… Everything. He's part of the Boov race, a race of aliens that have decided to move in and take over Earth because… They're universal cowards, running from a much more advanced adversary that is desperately trying to destroy them… For some reason. Although, to be fair, considering how annoyingly stupid they are, there could be any number of reasons— I'm digressing.The good in this movie is Jim Parsons. His voice acting and comedic timing are spot on, so watching Oh prance about and speak his one-liners is actually pretty enjoyable.The bad is the part where you realize, if you are like me, that your suspension of disbelief gets shot out the window when you notice that Rihanna is not only voicing Tip, who seems likable enough, but is also promoting her music. The scene in the (flying) car when she turns on (her own) music suddenly made me realize that Rihanna was doing Tip's voice.And promoting the soundtrack.This is not a good thing for a movie that barely had my attention in the first place. It destroyed the flow of the movie, and made me cringe as I watched the scene. See, suspension of disbelief is the very CORE of all visual art. What you see on the screen is fake, it's artificial, it's made up in such a way as to sweep you along for a ride that your brain, if it was looking at it from the outside, knows that it cannot be real. But we surrender it to fall into the story, to embrace the colors and the characters, to trick our brains into buying something that is, essentially, a collaboration of illusions.Done correctly, you buy it in WEIRD SCIENCE when Gary and Wyatt create Lisa with their puny 1980s computer software, because you WANT to.Shoving Rihanna's music in your face while Rihanna is driving the car makes you realize you're watching a fake light show. And worse, if you're like me, it makes you feel like you're watching a commercial.Nobody likes commercials. Nobody.What could have been awesome is the plot of the movie itself. The setup was strangely sinister, considering the soft, plushy Boov and their less-than sinister appearance. Relocating Earth's population and taking everything over without asking was a strange kind of surprise that had me intrigued. Tip's part in bumping into the oblivious Oh worked for me, as well. I cringed slightly at some parts, like the redesign of the car with Seven-Eleven fountain-works that of course made zero sense, but I swallowed it because of the type of movie I was watching. Rihanna's music ruined the flow of the movie, but I liked where it went after that, and I even liked the final delivery at the end.What was nauseating was Rihanna's music. She's always been, how shall I say, fond of sexuality, and to hear her music played in kid's movies wears a little on me. Even "Shut Up and Drive" in WRECK-IT RALPH had me cringing a bit, especially if you pay attention to the lyrics. Rihanna is the car, and she wants you to drive her. And she wants you to shut up while you do it. So to hear her music here, especially HOW it was done, was horrible.By itself, I have no problem with Rihanna. Or her taste in music. I just don't think it fit here. Or in any kid's movie, to be honest.Like THE BOOK OF ELI, this movie is a pile of wasted potential. It could have been magnificent, grandiose even. It was a pale, Seven-Eleven soft drink, wrapped in bright colors and filled with sugar to make you laugh.Until you realize you drink it too fast, and get a headache for your trouble.

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SnoosReviews
2015/03/25

Rihanna, sorry – I mean Home, is a story of likable aliens who invade earth in order to hide from evil aliens. They relocate the entire human population to Australia, rehousing them in camps. (geographically impossible I know, but it's a kids film so just go with it). Oh (which is the name of the main Alien) has a reputation for being clumsy and stupid, he is ignored by his peers and when he makes a catastrophic error on earth, he goes on the run! Here, he bumps into Rihanna – sorry, Tip! Her name is Tip, not Rihanna. She is a teenage girl who has been left alone with her cat in the alien community as her mum got relocated to Australia. The pair bump into each other and partake on a worldwide road trip in a flying car to find her mother and also keep Oh from being discovered by his own kind.As is the case with most Animated movies, the story is simple and the humour is predominantly child orientated with some subtle adult references. The messages are less subtle but well intended all the same. It isn't a bad movie, I enjoyed myself while watching it I just didn't see it as anything special.It looks visually great with lots of vibrant colour and impressive settings. The main character 'Oh' is extremely likable, he's cute for the kids and also surprisingly witty for the older viewers. He changed colours on dependent on his mood, pulls some funny facial expressions and made me laugh many times. The story line is simple yet has enough about it to stand up for an hour and a half. Also, the overall message is a good one, mistakes are going to be made, by everyone, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing it's just a part of being human. As with nearly all kids movies, friendship, loyalty and courage are all at the forefront of this movie, despite that being very overdone, it does fit well with Home.Rihanna/Tip/Rihanna. The kid looks like what I would imagine a young Rihanna would look like, she's would by Rihanna and it is distinctly annoying how recognisable this is – she's screechy and unbearably annoying at times. The soundtrack is essentially a Rihanna CD, every opportunity possible we are forced to listen to one of her songs, often with the Rihanna character twerking with her pet cat – it got tiring. There were 5 Rihanna songs in this movie, say what you like, but you cannot argue that that is ludicrously excessive. I imagine they approached Rihanna to voice the role, to which she agreed but upon the conditions that the character must look like her and the entire soundtrack must be recorded by her. God knows why they agreed to this, but I doubt Rihanna minds, she must have made a fortune starring in her own personalised movie.Overall, Home is a pleasant enough kids movie, it doesn't have the wow factor I have gotten from other animated movies (Shrek, Ice Age, Pixar movies) but it does its job well enough and it was better than I expected. If you aren't as irritated as I am by the Rihanna love-in, you could well enjoy the movie more than I did.6/10

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