Are you ready for your next animated adventure?! ‘Home’ has just hit theaters with Rihanna and Jim starring as the next dynamic duo!
What could be more fun than a color-changing alien teaming up with little girl to find her family? Honestly, probably nothing. Rihanna, 27, and Jim Parsons, 42, are the voices behind this little duo in the animated flick Home. Is this best kids adventure film of 2015? Well, you’re about to find out — the reviews are in!
‘Home’ Movie Reviews:
Unlike many kids’ movies, Home has multiple morals to its story, which it reveals through small interactions between the characters throughout the movie, rather than an evergreen statement at the end. The combination of Home’s layered message, fun score, and clever comedy make it a colorful choice for moviegoers of any age.
Home errs on the side of sentiment, and that’s not a bad thing. There’s a lot of goofiness, to be sure, much of it having to do with Oh and the Boov’s silly syntax. But the film pulls back at points where others might double down. Instead, Tip’s longing for her mother and Oh’s longing for acceptance start to weigh more heavily on the plot, and the film gradually captures a sense of gentle, but very real, desperation. Warming hearts and jerking tears are par for the course in kiddie flicks. But it’s rare to find one that has this many emotional crescendos — and manages them all gracefully and cinematically.
The creators of “Home” made an inspired choice in that regard for their little hero, recruiting Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” for the job, and they made another by pairing him with the pop star Rihanna. The result is a charming concoction with positive messages for younger children about conquering fears, understanding outsiders and knowing yourself.
The film itself is a wonderful collage of dazzling colors and occasionally glorious imagery. The film just feels big in a way that frankly separates DreamWorks from its non-Disney competitors. The films may be more expensive than the Blue Sky or Illusion films, but you see that money onscreen. The picture achieves the balance of being filled with frantic action without necessarily feeling frantic, and I should note that I noticed not one explicit pop culture reference. For those just going for a 90-minute babysitter or for audiences who just want a light and funny animated feature, this one fits the bill and is most definitely better than the likes of Rio 2, Peabody and Sherman, or Planes: Fire and Rescue.
Home sounds like a gem of a movie! The film also stars Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.
HollywoodLifers, will you be seeing Home? If you already have, tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
— Avery Thompson