The world of performing arts is just as punishing as it is rewarding. We’ve gotten the spiel on those that go to Hollywood to be rejected or end up working behind the scenes, but I want to refer to a problem that many face they become working actors; that their usually stuck within their medium. Very few can bounce back and forward, but it is usually the case for someone to find one set media form and stick to their knowledge. One may join up on a sitcom comedy yet find it difficult to become the next Broadway sensation or those in Film may try a talk show only to last a few episodes (guys like Chevy Chase for example).
Part of the reason we don’t see as many transitions from television to film is the usually reason; money. Studios are smart to stick with what works and keep their George Clooneys or their Angeline Jolies and not have to search high and low. The best chance for TV actors to make that change is to build up their popularity and really make themselves the talk of the town. This method has gotten Clooney from E.R., Katherine Heigl from Grey’s Anatomy and Pratt from Parks & Recreation. Now let’s see if Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory can make his transition from the latest from DreamWorks Animation, Home.
The alien species, the Boov, are on the run from their enemy, the Gorg, and have set out to find a habitable new place to call home. They pick Earth under the guidance of their leader, Captain Smek (played by Steve Martin), decide that the humans are primitive and rather then get rid of them, relocate all of them to Australia while they take up the rest of the planet. The Boov take their new home quite nicely and try to make use of the former homes of the people.
One such Boov, Oh (played by Jim Parsons) is more eager and free thinking the rest, vowing that his time on Earth will be his time to be popular. When a homecoming party he pulls off fails with no one showing up, he hits “send to all” on his e-vite, accidently sending it to everyone in the universe including the Gorg. The Boov declare Oh a fugitive, but he manages to escape. Meanwhile, a teenage girl Tip (played by Rihanna) remained hidden from the massive relocation and hopes to find her mother Lucy (played by Jennifer Lopez). The two cross paths and Home becomes a buddy road trip movie.
With the story set, can Jim Parsons carry a movie? I don’t know as he basically played a similar character of his Sheldon Cooper persona from Big Bang. I guess there were some differences, though I saw mostly Parsons instead of an alien creature. So for now, the answer is no.
DreamWorks Animation has really needed not just a hit, but a big hit as their last set of movies had not done that well in theaters. Home is the last kind of film they need.
What could have been an interesting satire on modern human culture and conformist societies is pretty much a lazy and underdeveloped story about outcasts that we’ve seen many times before from DreamWorks. The explanations of the boov coming to Earth are rushed and character development is barley visible as more focus is set of doing slapstick and toilet gags that are not funny. Even the animation, though with some creative ideas like Tip’s floating car, seem more like a marketing ploy then something from a creative mind (rather then thinking of a cool looking alien, all I saw was a plush toy)
I’ll give this one and a half boovs out of five. Home is a very pandering movie that has little appeal for the adult and will only serve as a distraction for little kids, and I mean toddlers maybe. So unless you’re a few years or younger, Home is an absolute skip.