Home is where the heart is, a post-it heartfelt message tells us.
For the aliens in this Dreamworks movie, home is anywhere the enemy can’t find them. Running away is this film’s aliens’ best skill and moving around the galaxy far and away from their nemesis is what kept them alive for so long.
What’s the Movie About
The main character is Ooh, stemming from the exasperated exclamations people make when he’s around. However, Ooh is oblivious to the underlying message, as well as to much of the things around him. When their destination is set to Earth and our planet becomes their new refuge, Ooh decides to throw a party in his new house, formerly inhabited by humans who are displaced to Australia once the invasion starts. In a desperate attempt to get people to join his party, he sends an invitation to the entire galaxy, including the much-feared enemy. During his escape, he befriends a teenager who is searching for her mother. Because of the separation caused by the invading aliens, she doesn’t like the “visitors” very much. Being a film for kids, an unlikely and funny friendship is forged that leads to a surprising, but surely happy ending. Voiced by the likes of Jim Parsons, Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, Rihanna and Jenniffer Lopez, who also share some tunes to accompany the important moments, this is a very light hearted movie, recommended to be enjoyed without very high artistic expectations.
What Can Be Learnt
Don’t get me wrong, Home is not time wasted. Not when you think of the storyline from the perspective of OUTCASTS. This theme is illustrated through several characters: the different, totally misunderstood, unable-to-fit-in Ooh, the newly transferred teenager whose only mate is a cat, but who has an A in maths, and even the much feared enemy is an isolated poor sap with a sad story. The theme is kept light for the younger audience who will relish the ever changing colors of the quirky alien and the catchy tunes of Rihanna. Going into more depth, the pains of being different and not accepted by your peers are there in the movie, even at the heart of the name of the main character. I’ve also been left outside alone, quoting the name of an Anastasia song, during the first years of high school, solely on the premises that I was different, being “punished” for wanting to still be and look like a child at 14 years old instead of acting like a pseudo-grown-up like everyone else. Rihanna’s pains are more relatable for me, whereas Ooh shows a vivid example of the solution for handling these situations: with a smile on the face and the pride of doing one’s thing. Being completely oblivious to the way you are treated by others is not a 100% valid advice, but not giving in to their pressure to change who you are is probably the best way to follow. Ooh succeeds in being accepted by his peers, even when he breaks the status quo and does the right thing instead of running. It’s a great lesson of how to go from being an OUTCAST to a complete insider, and ultimately, a leader.
What’s the Key Take-Away
Home is a movie to watch when you miss your best friend or in between seasons of the Big Bang Theory. Not as sophisticated as some of the current animations, Home manages to send enough joie-de-vivre to last for a week-end.