"There Was a Low Probability of Success."
A lot of this, however, is due to the direction and animation helping the story along. “Home”, upon further reflection, does have some serious issues, ones that were likely planted upon the film’s conception with no hope of being fixed. The voice talent is hit-or-miss. Jim Parsons, for example, gives a joyful, exciting performance as Oh, the fish-out-of-water Boov who just wants to find people to have a fun party with. However, I never got behind Rihanna’s portrayal of Tip, Oh’s human foil. Tip herself is a great, dynamic character, and the animators seemed to have a lot of fun bringing her to life, but Rihanna’s voice acting style is so stoic and, at times, bland, that it ends up undercutting a lot of the studio’s efforts. Also, Steve Martin, while funny in theory, is painfully awkward as the “charismatic” Boovian leader, Smeck. There’s a couple good visual gags that come out of his scenes, but every choice made about his character slows the film down; he’s almost an anachronism in this highly futuristic plot.
Speaking of plot, the writers could have used one or two more drafts when it came down to it. At times they get a bit lazy, kicking off events with circumstances that seem random or pointless, or wrapping things up with deus ex machina. The main plot, for reference, begins when Oh reveals his race’s location to their enemies by hitting “replay all” instead of “reply” on an e-mail, which beyond being a terrible joke makes no sense (why would Oh have his enemies e-mail addresses saved?). Furthermore, it’s difficult to tell what age range this film is aimed at. Tip is twelve years old, and many of the themes feel more mature and complex than the average kid’s movie which would indicate it’s for younger teens, but the humor of the film seems to trend towards five-to-eight year olds. I’m assuming you’ve all seen the “don’t drink the lemonade” joke from the trailers. That stuff doesn’t go away.
The thing is, I don’t give a crap about these obvious errors because the filmmakers are trying their hardest to make a wonderful, engaging movie. They just can’t decide which of their protagonists to emulate: the fearful, rule-obeying Oh, or the reckless risk-taking Tip? I would much rather a film take risks and fail then toe the line and succeed, and when “Home” fully embraces its chaotic nature and plunges full speed ahead, I can’t help but get caught up in its infectious optimism. “Home” is worth seeing, especially if you love science fiction and animation.
Hard lemonade. Try not to think about pee while you're doing it.
-Drink whenever Oh's skin changes color.
-Drink whenever Tip mentions her mom.
-Drink when a Boov talks about things Boov do not do.
-Drink whenever Boovian technology is used. That includes their car.
-Drink for potty humor.