Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones
Directed By: Tim Johnson
Written By: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 34 min
When it comes to animated feature films, as far as I’m concerned they fall into one of two categories. Story books, or baby rattles. The movie Home, is the latter. A ‘baby rattle’ movie delivers lots of quick action, loud bangs and bright colors. It’s not concerned about story, logic or character development, and only serves to distract undemanding children for the length of the film. So in that regard, Home is a success.
Parents, or anyone old enough to appreciate quality ‘story book’ films like The Incredibles, or How to Train Your Dragon, will likely find the Home experience very forgettable. The movie’s themes of family and individuality aren’t properly developed or explored, and the story lines in this film are concluded too neatly and quickly. Thereby muting any dramatic tension inherent in a story that uses a ‘countdown’ as a plot device. Home also at times, seemed more like a promotional video for Rihanna’s contributions to the movie’s soundtrack album. But to be fair, as contributions go, it was actually pretty decent.
There’s nothing wrong with creating purely childish animated entertainment, and Home is at least never boring and is beautifully crafted. I just don’t understand why you would ignore the needs of the parents that escort the kids to the theater. Once you factor in the cost of tickets and snacks, a trip to the movies can get expensive these days. So it would be nice if the makers of animated films developed more ‘story book’ level entertainment. Explore their themes and ideas in a unique way, and attempt to entertain the entire family. Or failing that, just release movies like Home on VOD (Video On Demand) so the parents can get on with other things while their children are entertained.
As I said, this movie is about as intellectually challenging as a baby rattle. A beautifully rendered baby rattle for sure, but doesn’t have a tremendous amount of content value for older kids and parents. Home is rated PG and is only suitable for young children.
I was impressed by the animation. The detail in Tip’s (Rihanna) hair, and the action sequences in Paris are excellently put together. But this film is strictly for kids, so if you can wait, a HD copy to watch at home on your nice big TV will service this film well enough.
Home’s soundtrack is very decent, and I really enjoyed Rihanna’s song – ‘Towards The Sun.’ It’s used very effectively in the movie as Tip searches for her mother.