Annnnd, I'm back. It was nice to have a break, but a little weird too. Anyway, on with today's post.
Remember The True Meaning of Smekday, the book I wrote about last time? Dreamworks decided to make it into a movie, which they called Home. I liked it from the first trailer I watched. When I was finally able to see the movie, I fell in love. It was even better than I hoped.
While the movie is vastly different from the book, they're both great. They share many of the same ideas, but have different plots. There are even lines in the movie taken directly from the book. So today I'm going to give you 5 reasons you should watch Home.
1. It's hilarious
This film is sure to make you laugh about fifty percent of the time. The Boov have horrible grammar, and since Oh, that Boov in the GIF above, narrates a lot of the story, it certainly will make you laugh. Having Steve Martin as Captain Smek, one of the movie's villains, helps too. There are so many jokes, I could go on forever. Just watch it instead. It'll save time.
2. But it's also touching
Though mainly a comedy sci-fi action film, this movie has wonderfully placed tender moments. It pulls your heart strings, especially Tip's separation from her mom. And it makes you cry about three times in fifteen minutes at the end. I think all comedy needs those little moments that truly take a film from merely funny to something you'll remember.
3. Great characters
Tip and Oh are both solid, well rounded characters. Let's start with Tip (who's voiced by Rihanna). She moved from Barbados to the US, and then got picked on by the other girls. When the Boov take her mom, she's left alone. This makes her sad-mad, as Oh says. She' a great character because she's sweet, spunky, and undeterred in her quest to find her mom. Plus, look at that hair. How many characters do you know with hair like that?
Oh is also alone, but in a different way. (He's voiced by Jim Parsons if you wanted to know.) He's never been accepted by the others of his kind. They're the ones who give him the name Oh. You'll have to watch the movie to find out why. He's made mistakes and been rejected until Tip meets him. They're similar characters, but also different.
4. Solid plot
This movie also scores well on plot. The fast paced action sequences are mixed with slower scenes. Exposition is mostly given by Oh through funny stories that never take more than five minutes. There are several villains, some surprising twists, and a great ending. Tip and Oh both have good goals, though Oh's changes by the end. The plot is easy to follow and really brings the story to life.
5. A good theme
The theme of this film is family. Boov don't have families, so Oh doesn't understand why Tip wants to find her mom so much. As the story progresses, he learns the concept of family and gradually becomes a part of Tip's. A secondary theme I also believe is hope. Boov give up and run away at the first sign of danger. From Tip, Oh learns that you can never loose hope, even when things seem impossible. (Cue the quote "Nothing is impossible" from Alice in Wonderland.)
Have you watched Home? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments.