Home (Sidenotes: Dear White People and Belle)


(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)

Home is a greatly animated movie that has its emotional moments, but as a comedy it really catered to the kids than the adults that takes them.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

So the end of April of this year, there hasn’t been some real good movies coming up (unless you’re a big fan of Paul Blart Mall Cop). Maybe it is the eye of the storm between Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it is just gearing up for probably the biggest box office weekend after recovering from the second biggest box office weekend. So I decided to watch the best movie available that I haven’t seen. So I bought my pretzel and my diet Pepsi with my new Avengers: Age of Ultron contour cup, and watched an animated movie from Dreamworks called Home. I remember the animated short called Almost Home before the movie Peabody and Sherman, and how entertaining to see Steve Martin voicing an Alien leader trying to find a home for his alien race. It was funny, but ended in a sort of cliffhanger. I didn’t know there was going to be a movie to follow that short. So from the trailers I have decided to check it out in the eye of the storm between these big movies. I hoped it would be funny and entertaining. It kind of did.

What I Like: I thought the film was animated tremendously. It had a good blend of cartoonish and realism which I thought it was a perfect blend for this kind of movie. The story of this movie may seem juvenile, but it worked. Story combines many different themes of alien invasion, finding family during a tragedy, being an outcast, and facing your fears all in one cartoon movie. The story flowed well with all their aspects, and it created some emotional scenes like when Tip, voiced by Rihanna, reunites with her mom Lucy, voiced by Jennifer Lopez, after the alien invasion. Also when Tip finally gives in to the enemy, Gorg, who all wants is the stone that was actually symbioites for the generation of his race. Jim Parsons voicing Oh was pretty much on point for the character in this movie. He definitely had charisma and emotion that is perfect for a kid’s movie. I also enjoyed Steve Martin as Captain Smek, the alien leader, who also provided the needed charisma and arrogance that goes well with the character.

The So So: Rihanna as the voice of the human girl Tip, was subpar for voice acting, and I don’t get how you can you be bad at voice acting. You definitely hear her Basian accent, and I just wasn’t feeling her character in this movie. It was explained later that she immigrated from Barbados which makes perfect sense, but why they cast a Latina actress as her mom? I feel like that was a minor miscast in the movie.

What I Didn’t Like: The third part of the movie felt rushed and cliched. Every kids movie about an outcast always becomes something big, and I knew Oh would be part of the leadership at the end of the movie. It was almost obvious (although, I didn’t think he would overtake the leader until the third part where they typically set that up.) At the end, I knew he didn’t die from getting run over by the Gorg’s mothership. However, why he didn’t die was a stupid and cliched right place and right time hole he fit in. Lastly, the movie is really made for kids for them to enjoy and laugh. For the adults that bring them, they may not be that satisfied with their juvenile comedy.

Overall: The movie is good enough for a kids movie, but to put it as one of the greatest animated movies of all time is not even close. Dreamworks has made better movies, and this one we can just kind of forget in the long run!!!

Rating: 3.5 Stars


(Sidenote: Dear White People- This movie had all the satire like an episode of The Boondocks. This movie shows how relations between Black and White are now in today’s society in a college campus setting. Shows how much tension there is between, and how ignorant people can still be today. It stars Tyler James Williams as Lionel Higgins as a freshmen student who is also gay. The beautiful Tessa Thompson as Samantha White, a college DJ who has the attitude of Al Sharpton and calls white people out all the time. It also stars Dennis Haysbert as the Dean of the college dealing with the situations and being pressured by the white people to do their favor. This movie can be slow as a drama, but as a comedy it is hilarious and very informative. I believe director Justin Simien got his message out loud and clear. If you’re interested in race relations you have to check out this movie. It is a good watch you won’t regret.
Rating: 4 Stars)


(Sidenote: Belle- One of the reason I decided to watch this movie is to see the beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw in other movies after enjoying her role in Beyond the Lights. She plays a child of a slave and a white British owner who was out of slavery and raised into royalty by her uncle during the time where Great Britain had slaves. She grew up with her cousin of the same age, but because she is black she faced inequality in society. What i like about this movie is how she influenced a legal case to abolish slavery in Great Britain, and she became the first black person to be in picture drawing in the same eye level with a person who is white which was a big deal back then. Gugu Mbatha-Raw acted well in this movie, but the movie was too boring for me. At least I learned something new in British history.
Rating: 2.5 Stars)