Huh, where should I begin with this film? I enjoyed it, overall, especially the atmosphere and feeling of the movie. It does feel really odd in pacing, though. Home is about aliens invading Earth, the Boovs. But they’re nice and benevolent aliens that are just full of themselves. They’re constantly on the run from the Gorg, a race of alience that follow and destroy all of the Boov’s homes.
Of course, Earth is already inhabited, so the Boovs relocate all of the locals, all except for one girl, Tip. She’s on a mission to find her mother. Along the way, she runs into Oh, the different Boov. Oh is not like the others, and he messes up a lot. The movie follows their adventures, as Tip tries to find her mother and Oh tries to avoid being captured after one too many mistakes.
Both main characters are pretty fun to follow. Oh is charming in his mannerisms. The other Boov sort of act like he does, but Oh just does it in a nice way. And Rihanna as Tip does a great job of being a young girl that’s going through a whole world of emotions.
The plot is interesting and one I really enjoyed. The Boov, while the enemy of humanity, is shown to be well-meaning overall. They just don’t consider things outside of their own point of view. The Gorg feels much more menacing, and they come into the story late after being mostly alluded to.
The pacing is the thing that feels strange about this film. The Tip and Oh bond slowly over the course of the film, and there’s a montage that comes after the first major victory. But the main threat of the movie doesn’t show up until later, and Tip really doesn’t care about them much at all. The other antagonist, the Boov captain doing all of the poor decisions, just sort of gets pushed aside and that’s that.
The story is fun and different, though. I’ll talk about it more in the spoiler section. And the visuals of the movie are fun with all sorts of alien shenanigans going on. There’s a lot of songs in the film, and I think they fit the scenes well. The relationship between Tip and Oh works as they fight, come together, fight again, come back together. It’s a great movie with perhaps an obvious twist at the end, but it’s a fun watch.
Alright, spoilers for the plot.
What I enjoy a lot is how really, the Captain of the Boovs is the only bad guy. He causes everything due to his inept cowardness. The Gorg, while they look really menacing, is also sympathetic, perhaps more so than most of the Boovs. But the Boov change for the better by the end of the story.