Tuesday, 21 April 2015


Home Movie Review


 TNN, Apr 9, 2015, 12.40PM IST
Critic's Rating:  3.5/5
Avg Readers' Rating: 3.6/5
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones, Brian Stepanek, April Lawrence
Direction: Tim Johnson
Genre: Animation
Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes
Story: The Boov are a bunch of friendly aliens, who led by the cowardly Captain Smek (Martin), just want to live a life of peace on their  planet. However, they are always hounded by their enemies, the nasty Gorgs. The Boov resettle on planet Earth and make a fresh start, but it's not long before they are located and pursued again by the Gorgs, thanks to a slip up by the naive Boov, Oh (Parsons).

Review: When on Earth, the Boov deactivate the planet's gravity, discard whatever they deem useless (things like cycles, toilets etc) into large bubbles in the sky and relocate all humans to other parts of the world in neat, circular colonies.

A seemingly perfect arrangement, except that one plucky Earthling, interestingly named Gratuity 'Tip' Tucci (Rihanna) chooses to stay back in her home. Tucci has been separated from her mother Lucy (Lopez) who is in Australia and is now hiding away in her old apartment with her cat. Meanwhile Oh, who sends out a housewarming e-invite to the rest of the Boov, mistakenly marks it to everyone - including the Gorgs - and so, he is hunted by his fellow Boov brethren for this mistake. When Oh finds Tucci, they strike up an unlikely friendship and agree to help each other out. What you see is pretty much what you get. The script is fairly literal, sans any contemporary pop-culture asides and the brisk pacing ensures that kids won't be shifting impatiently in their seats during its crisp runtime.

There's a tour de force of talented (to say the least) Grammy and Emmy award-winning voices behind the characters and Rihanna, Martin and Parsons are completely on point with their emotiveness. It's only some of the songs that seem to be a mismatch for some sequences at times, and are thus distracting.

It is goofy, fun and has its heart in the right place. Home is meant squarely for kids, but that doesn't mean that accompanying adults will also not find this multi-coloured tale of the importance of friendship and familial bonds, heartwarming. 

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