Review: Home


The purple, octopus marshmallow-looking alien race called The Boov have just invaded Earth and are relocating mankind to giant refugee camps in Australia. Unfortunately, the Boovs are technologically advanced but down right stupid and their knowledge on humans consist of very little intel about babies. So humans are being sucked up into flying ball pools. And with ice cream cone in hand and confusion on their faces they are taken to the refugee camps which are basically giant amusement parks with “Ask a Boov stations” every here and there so not to cause any unnecessary confusion.

If you enjoy films with a lot of color and odd thing flying around, DreamWorks Animation’s Home will not disappoint you there. With sparks and flying colors are we introduced to the cowardly Alien race, the Boovs. The Boovvs are quite an unsocial little alien race that changes in color accordingly to their feelings, a source of a lot of good laughs in the film. With the motto “it’s never too late to run away” the Boovs are a race that is always on the run from their arch enemies the Gorg and has now found planet Earth as their next hideout.

In a society where you don’t exactly mingle, the outgoing and energetic Oh, played by Jim Parsons, is quite the oddball outcast. While on Earth, after the Boovs have been assigned apartments from the evacuated humans Oh tries to get to know his neighbors by throwing a housewarming party that of course no one will go to. This ultimately leads to him sending an evite to the entire galaxy and they now have little time before it reaches their arch enemy the Gorg. While on the run from his own kind, Oh meets Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci and her cat, she escaped the relocation and is now looking for her mother.

It’s hard to put an age on the human girl, she appears really young but sounds like an adult. Having known nothing of Home forehand, you confusedly realize that 27 year old singer Rihanna is doing the voce of ca 15 year old Gratuity Tucci and all the songs are from her album. And a couple of out-of-placed song later you find yourself watching some kind of extended Rihanna soundtrack with some animations between the songs.

The phrase “what you see is what you get” is unfortunately rather fitting as there is no deeper context to most things in the film. But the films environment is visually beautiful and the friendship that develops between the two main characters is both funny and touching.

– Thomas Tjerngren