Where the heart is?
Release Date: OUT NOW!
2015 | U | Blu- ray 3D/ Blu- ray/ DVD Director: Tim Johnson Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones, Derek Blakenship
Both this DreamWorks animation and its blobby alien hero Oh are initially rather irritating, then modestly sweet and charming, but you forget them both very quickly. Home feels like a softened version of Lilo & Stitch, as Oh meets a young human girl to form a comic couple, minus the quirks and deeper emotions of the earlier film.
The opening is good, with Oh’s people, the Boov, arriving at Earth and blithely levitating the humans to Australia. The girl, called Tip, is left behind, desperately seeking her mum. Because DreamWorks goes for celebrity casts, Tip is voiced by Rihanna and her mother by Jennifer Lopez. Rihanna doesn’t sound much like a teen, but her voice still works for the character. Oh, for his part, is the least popular Boov ever. When his blunder puts his species in peril, he’s forced onto the run, hooking up with Tip.
The film is a comedy chase, with an inventive action scene on a flying Eiffel Tower; then diminishing returns set in until a good- hearted final twist. Starting with the amiably average alien designs, Home feels like it’s coasting; even Steve Martin as the Boov’s tyrannical captain seems subdued. It’s certainly no Monsters Vs Aliens.
Extras: Tutorials on drawing the characters ( 38 minutes), preview short “Almost Home”, viral clips of the Boov “testing ” Earth objects, deleted scenes, music videos, other bits and bobs.
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