10 items from 2015
Two big movies for you, we have the animated film .Home. from DreamWorks Animation and .Get Hard. from Warner Bros. Pictures. .Home. is based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex and the voice cast includes Jim Parsons (Oh), Rihanna (Tip), Jennifer Lopez (Lucy), and Steve Martin (Captain Smek). This one.s from director Tim Johnson who gave us 1998.s .Antz..
In .Get Hard,. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart teamed up for the comedy for first-time director Etan Cohen (writer of .Tropic Thunder.). How is the chemistry between Ferrell and Hart? Is the movie funny or just brutally offensive? Take a look at my reviews of both .Home. and .Get Hard..
Once again, Dreamworks is undone by trailers that managed not to convey the actual experience of the film they're selling. They have this weird habit of making their films look worse than they actually are, almost like they're trying to tank them. By now, I shouldn't be surprised when they make something that's good, but they keep cutting these trailers that promise crap. "Home," based on the book "The True Meaning Of Smekday" by Adam Rex, serves as an interesting example of someone doing the right version of something that someone else has bungled. In this case, "Home" is an example of someone setting out to create a character like Jar Jar Binks… and pulling it off. Because no matter what you think of "The Phantom Menace," there's a specific character type that they're doing, The Fool, the bumbler who somehow becomes a hero by virtue of being decent but stupid. »
- Drew McWeeny
Get ready for an out-of-this-world family adventure as Home heads into theatres this Friday!
Featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez, Home is an outer space adventure starring Oh, a misfit alien on the run from his own people. After landing on Earth, Oh meets an adventurous and spirited young girl nicknamed Tip (Rihanna) and her cat Pig, who are on a mission of their own. Together, Oh and Tip learn that being different and making mistakes is all a part of growing up and being human, no matter where you call home.
Join Tip, Oh, and Pig on their adventure and watch four clips from Home now. Check it out! »
- Rachel West
Talk about a character! Home director Tim Johnson is as bright and energetic as one of his animated creations. A nice surprise when the majority of Hollywood helmers can't exactly be considered the lives of the party. Johnson, who previously co-directed Antz, Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas and Over The Hedge, goes solo for the first time on Home, Dreamworks' adventure about the friendship between an awkward extraterrestrial (Jim Parsons) and a teenage human (Rihanna). A genuinely good guy, »
- Eric Walkuski
Here 4 new clips from DreamWorks Animation's "Home," a 3D computer-animated feature film set in the future, which is based on Adam Rex's children's book "The True Meaning of Smekday," and stars Rihanna (providing the voice for the starring character - an enterprising girl named Tip), Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons, and Steve Martin. Tim Johnson is director of the film which is described as a post-apocalyptic-alien-invasion-buddy-comedy, with a synopsis that reads: "When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Director: Tim Johnson.
Running Time: 94 minutes
Synopsis: The Boov have taken over Earth in order to escape their greatest enemy. But when the aptly named Oh (Parsons) invites the enemy to his housewarming party, he becomes a fugitive from his own kind. His only hope is to team up with human girl Gratuity (Rihanna), and help her find her mother.
Recall when it seemed like Dreamworks gave a damn? They honestly used to put effort into their films. I swear. Antz was even better than Pixar’s A Bug’S Life and Shrek was all kinds of hilarious. Then there came an unstoppable barrage of sequels, spin-offs, films about snails, and now the very bottom of the barrel, Home. A hideous animated monstrosity on every level with very little charm, humour, or anything resembling competence.
The most interesting aspects of the story, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Now that even Pixar are making more sequels than original films, it's encouraging to see DreamWorks attempt to launch a fresh franchise story, but is it good enough to rival the likes of Despicable Me and Toy Story?
Based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, Home follows an alien race called the Boov who, despite being rather incompetent, manage to take over Earth in order to hide from their enemy.
To do this, the Boov move the entire human race in big pockets of desert space, thinking they are doing us a favour in the process. On paper, if this plot was taken by someone like Neil Blomkamp or James Cameron, it could have been transformed into a rather terrifying sci-fi horror film »
DreamWorks Animation now only has one release in 2015, and this is it. So how does Home fare? Here's our review...
I'm not the first to have noticed that your chances of getting a project through the DreamWorks Animation pipeline seem greatly enhanced if you're telling a story about a nerdy outsider, or someone who struggles to fit in. In recent times along, Mr Peabody & Sherman, Turbo and The Croods have all traded on this to some degree. Home very much does as well.
In this case, the outside is Oh (voiced well by Jim Parsons), a misfit who - for reasons I never really bought - isn't that well liked by his people, the Boov. The Boov are led by Captain Smekday (and the film in turn is based on the book The True Meaning Of Smekday, by Adam Rex). Said Captain leads the Boov in their quest to run »
The latest 3D computer-animated film for kids from embattled DreamWorks Animation isn’t likely to rake in “Shrek”-sized dollars, or to make a critical splash like “How to Train Your Dragon.” At the same time, “Home” with its gentle and genial sense of both humor and action, will divert young children remarkably well, from the sci-fi slapstick to the deftly-handled deeper emotions. Perhaps the greatest portion of the credit for “Home” should go to director Tim Johnson (“Antz,” “Over the Hedge”), who’s created an animated film with clarity and comedy to support the morals and the message. Also Read: Battered DreamWorks Animation. »
- James Rocchi
Hey “Home,” E.T. called — he wants his huggable-alien concept back. Introduced in the film’s opening seconds, when he bumps that little boy with the fishing rod from the DreamWorks Animation logo, over-eager alien invader Oh represents Jeffrey Katzenberg’s best hope at harnessing some of his old pal Steven Spielberg’s intergalactic buddy-movie mojo. Unimaginative and downright predictable by grownup standards, but bursting with elements sure to appeal to younger auds — including cutesy character design, quotable alien catchphrases and solid musical/vocal contributions from Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, who add a dose of diversity to the human cast — Dwa’s lone 2015 feature release should manage to squeak past the $100 million mark during a relatively competition-free spring, while reinforcing the studio’s recent standing as the Pepsi of the animation world: It’s potable, but a distant second to the real thing.
Still smarting from the dual blows of a »
- Peter Debruge
10 items from 2015
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