DreamWorks Animation introduces Home, their newest animated movie, and tops the box office opening weekend!
Although Boov topped the box office this weekend, it’s fair to say the critic-smashed animation film isn’t expected to top Furious 7, debuting next weekend.
Home is a wholesome movie built on a foundation of good intentions. Its heartwarming message is well received as the lead characters, Oh and Tip, learn that it’s okay to be different and make mistakes, and family is most important above all!
We are first introduced to Boov, a colony of cute little aliens fleeing from their enemy, the Gorg. The story then quickly jerks you into high gear, and in just a few minutes, the Boov are taking over planet Earth, relocating the humans, and taking over their homes.
Home Movie Review
The story then slows down a bit as we are introduced to Tip, a bright young girl who eluded capture and is committed to reuniting with her mother. At this point in the film, the story moves along at a comfortable pace, and the movie’s direction is clear.
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Not too much further along in the story, it looks as if Oh and Tip will easily succeed and accomplish their goals. Then as if the writers needed to extend the movie another 40 minutes, they introduced a whole new set of objectives for Oh and Tip.
The transition was rocky at best, but it came full circle and eventually connected back to the story’s beginning.
The Boov are an exciting set of characters. They almost look like the aliens from Toy Story. Unfortunately, they pretty much all look the same.
DreamWorks Home makes up for their lack of Boov character creativity by empowering them with a unique ability to show their feelings and emotions.
As the Boov experience different emotions, they change color. For example, when they tell a lie, they turn green. The Boov also turns red when angry, which helps translate their genuine feelings despite what they might say.
Home has a unique rounded look to its characters, and the animation feel and design are consistent with all the structures and transportation.
At times the animation of characters added humor to the story, like the Boov dance moves. The Gorg enemy also was a sharp contrast with sharp lines and angles from the character to the mother ship.
However, the Gorg enemy reveals its true self, which is weird and over the top. As strange as this scene was, this did show how the Gorg was seemingly edgy and sharp from an outward appearance but soft and tender at the core.
There are some great songs by Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna during the film, which you can find on the Home soundtrack on iTunes. At times the music feels unrelated to the mood of the movie. The songs in the film were hit-and-miss.
Home is a younger audience film with an enjoyable and positive overall message! Beyond the wholesome message, the storyline jerks you around.
It appears to be two separate stories, the first half and a second half unwillingly shoved into one another to become one more important story.
The animation is acceptable but doesn’t appear to push the limits, and the voice acting sometimes seems out of place, which can be distracting.
Home 2 Boov Sequal
There are rumors of a direct-to-video Home 2 sequel. The DreamWorks Home 2 film could be based on one of the books in the series. At this time, there is no Home 2 Boov sequel release date.
Brandon is an animation enthusiast and animated film critic. He has been writing about animation since 2013 to celebrate animated movies, characters, and songs. His favorite animated movies include Finding Nemo, Aladdin, and The Lion King.