Home - This Movie Rocks The Adequate
Dir: Tim Johnson
Starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, J-Lo
Oh is a annoying Boov - and no, not just because he’s voiced by the one-note Jim Parsons. His fellow aliens just don’t like him and, once they’ve invaded Earth – and re-housed all its human inhabitants in Australia – this becomes even more apparent. He’s the outsider, the Mork to Tip (Ri Ri)’s Mindy in this amiable enough, but little more, latest outing from Dreamworks animation.
Based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, this is in many ways typical Dreamworks fare – bright, colourful, occasionally sharp, often sentimental and always feeling like a decent enough holding card until something better comes along.
It gets better as it goes along with some poignant moments towards the end that do work, but for the most part, it’s that most unpleasant of words – “pleasant.”
Parsons is little more than Sheldon in purple with bad (though sometimes amusing) grammar, and Rihanna is actually quite good as little girl lost Tip, even if the soundtrack does rely too heavily on her day job. The saving grace is Steve Martin riffing away as Captain Smek, but even he can’t fully elevate matters.
At the end of the day Home is OK. Nothing special, but quite adequate. (In other words – COME BACK PIXAR! WE MISS YOU!!!)
Click below for the online short Almost Home - released last year - simply becuse it features much more Steve Martin.
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