While DreamWorks has been on a role with some of their last animated movies (How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Croods and Kung Fu Panda 2), sadly, Home is a bit of a step back for the studio.
From the get-go Home lacks any clear identity of its own, resulting in a recycled storyline and offbeat humor. Oh (voiced by The Big Band Theory’s Jim Parson) is a lovable alien misfit on the run from his own home planet, who eventually collides with an adventurous girl named Tip (voiced by singer Rihanna) on Earth. From there, the story proceeds into a series of comic adventures between the duo, as they discover the true meaning of the word home.
While adults will see every twist and turn coming in this colorful adventure, kids will be distracted at least until the end. Home is not a bad film; however, there are far better movies in the world with similar elements – Lilo and Stitch, Despicable Me, Monster vs. Aliens and or Toy Story. In the end, Home rehashes a familiar feel from previous animated films and fails to stand on its own term.
But if you want a film to distract your kids for a couple of hours, then Home is the movie for you. Its pop culture references, offbeat humor, cheeky animation will engulf the little one’s imagination. As for the adults, like myself, you will be a little disappointed that this DreamWorks animated film failed to come to life like others have in the past.
Home is rated PG (Parental Guidance). For mild action and some rude humor.