I went to the movies again today and yes, I saw another kids movie. I’ve been excited about Home since learning about it via last years’ Comic Con. Created by DreamWorks, Home is a colorful and vivid tale about trust and love and forgiveness and open-mindedness. The Boov have come to Earth (and renamed it Smekland) and taken over. The humans are relegated to patches of land and it seems like everything is okayish; that we and the Boov are coexisting. And then we meet Tip (voiced by Rihanna) and her cat Pig and realize that all is not right.
Tip’s mother Lucy (Jennifer Lopez) has been abducted and Tip has no idea which human designated area she’s been taken to. Cut to Oh (Jim Parsons) and the fact that he is The Boov that never does anything right. Ever. All he wants is to throw a nice “warming of the house party”, all he wants is for everyone to come and have fun. Sure, maybe it was bad of him to send the Boov’s mortal enemies the address of the party, thereby alerting said bad guys to the Boovs location. But he didn’t mean to! It was an accident! Now on the run, Oh agrees to help Tip find her mom and along the way the two (plus Pig) learn a lot about each other and what it means to be Boov and what it means to be human.
This movie was so funny that I had tears in my eyes multiple times. I was afraid that it was going to be one of those movies that jams all the funny bits in to the trailers but my oh my, it did not disappoint. Everything is whimsical to the Boov because everything on Earth is new and unknown, they don’t know how to properly adapt the English language and dancing is a terrifying and confusing concept. These elements, coupled with the outrageousness of the story and the lessons in love and friendship make for a great coming of age/quest film. There was multilevel humor, something very important in animated movies.The writing is very sharp and I loved the Boov’s straightforward way of talking. By the end (or maybe the middle) you grow to like the Boov, I mean they’re so cute how could you not, and begin to forget that they invaded Earth.
To give a little background info, this movie is based off the book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex and was optioned by DreamWorks for adaptation. Before last year’s awesome animated wonderment Mr. Peabody & Sherman there was a short showing the Boov in their hunt for a new planet and all the uninhabitable ones they encountered on their way to Earth.
DreamWorks has stepped up their game with this one. I give it 5 out of 5.