By Michael Clarke | Assistant News Editor
DreamWorks’s Home was released on March 27 and quickly grossed more than $183.6 million. While generally reviewed by audiences and critics as being a wholesome animated children’s flick, the movie lacked certain elements keeping it from achieving its full potential.
The plot centers around a mutant alien named Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) who belongs with the Boov alien breed which invades earth fleeing the enemy alien race the Gorgs. The displaced Boov aliens seeking refuge on Earth cause havoc and chaos to its human inhabitants. An average earthling named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) becomes separated from her mother, Lucy (voiced by Jennifer Lopez), amid all the disorder and runs into Oh at a convenience store.
Though a member of the invading group of aliens, Oh himself has a reputation of being unpopular with in the inner circles of the Boov alien race and is seen as a troublemaker. When an innocent invite to an alien party gives the enemy the Gorgs the advantage, Oh is a wanted alien.
From the encounter at the convenience store, Oh learns that Tip and her mother are separated and must be reunited. Oh and Tip travel around the world in search of Tip’s mother courtesy of a slushie-powered hovercar.
Fearing increasing persecution from his fellow Boovs, he become cynical and tries to make a one way detour to a remote place, entirely ditching the plan reuniting Tip and her mother. Though Oh’s motives continue to be questionable, he returns to the aid of Tip in her greatest time of need and they set out to scour the globe to find her mother.
While the plot achieved in telling the story of two unlikely friends who grow as individuals and worked toward a common goal amid disagreement, the writing resorted to tech-infused jargon that was tacky and unnecessary to the advancement of the story. The writers could have resorted to other creative outputs to achieve a better result in terms of overall character development and the cohesiveness of the plot.
Home was directed by Tim Johnson and was based on Adam Rex’s children’s novel The True Meaning of Smekday.