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Whole bunch of new reviews for "Home" are starting to pop-up prior to the Friday release....

 

A real nice one from The New York Times is probably the most welcome...

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/27/movies/review-home-with-rihanna-and-jim-parsons.html?_r=0

 

The short, squat creatures that turn up in animated movies may all be starting to run together in your mind, which makes finding a distinctive voice for such characters all the more important. The creators of “Home”made an inspired choice in that regard for their little hero, recruiting Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” for the job, and they made another by pairing him with the pop star Rihanna.

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A couple of little Jim notes:

 

At one point while they were waiting on a rewrite of a scene in the guys' apartment (the change from centaurs to Jabba the Hutt), Jim was sitting on the front edge of the couch and leaned back in his spot, holding one knee and kind of rocking, and then he kicked his foot up, I think in kind of playing with Simon who was sitting in Leonard's chair.

 

I think I already mentioned that he apparently bit his lip or tongue at one point.

 

He also messed up his lines in the conversation with Penny at the kitchen island, but he said, "It's not the words, it's the rhythm" or something along those lines.

Mark Cendrowski also had to stop the scene (I think it was the second time they did it) and talk to Jim about the iPad with the picture of the train.  Jim was kind of moving it around while he talked and the screen kept catching glare from the stage lights.  The last time they did it, he held it kind of tilted down and very still while he did his dialog and it was perfect.

 

Jim also flubbed a litle when Penny did the triple knock at the door.  I don't remember him saying the line wrong, just hesitating, I think?  And they had him change how he did it, like a subtle change in his expression when he opens the door and then like a different pace to his lines.  It was very subtle, but very effective.

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The LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-home-review-20150327-column.html

 

"Quirky Home with Jim Parsons and Rihanna, keeps it too light"

 

They like it well enough, not a rave review...but they love Jim!

 

Though Parsons' brand of comedy has long made the nerd life lovable on the critically acclaimed CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," the actor takes humanizing — his particular specialty — to an entirely different fun zone as a bumbling Boov named Oh, as in "Oh no" or "Ohhhhhh."

 

It seems this Oh is the conflict most Boov want to avoid. Parsons, on the other hand, has the opposite effect. "Home," quite frankly, would be nothing without him. This is the actor's first time lending his voice to an animated film, and I expect there will be many more if he chooses.

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Box office mojo is predicting a weekend opening of $33 million for Home. According to my own calculations (based on the ratios of what they typically forecast for an animated film to what they actually make) that means it could open to up to $50 million at the box office! If it does, this will be a major hit for Jim.

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I was so happy to see Jim's mug, literally, this morning, but dang that boy is up early this morning. He posted that thing around 4:30 this morning!

Can't wait until after work tonight!

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Box office mojo is predicting a weekend opening of $33 million for Home. According to my own calculations (based on the ratios of what they typically forecast for an animated film to what they actually make) that means it could open to up to $50 million at the box office! If it does, this will be a major hit for Jim.

 

I hope the Gods hear you ;)

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Jim will be on The Talk today, remember! :)

 

Was there something else he's doing this week/next week?

Kid's Choice Awards tomorrow night?

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I heard that he was going to go to The Talk a year ago or more but he didnt want at the last moment because they wanted to talk about his sexual life. Is this true??

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I heard that he was going to go to The Talk a year ago or more but he didnt want at the last moment because they wanted to talk about his sexual life. Is this true??

 

I'd never heard that.

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Here's the review that ran in our local paper!

 

Home, the latest offering from DreamWorks Animation, features a race of space aliens who have mastered hyperspace travel yet possess the emotional and intellectual development of toddlers.

Led by the self-important but cowardly Captain Smek (voice of Steve Martin), the Boov (the singular and the plural are the same) have a long history of taking over planets with more primitive (at least as seen through their beady little eyes) life. They're also astonishingly wasteful: They repeatedly abandon these worlds every time their nemesis, the Gorg, start pursuing them.

Eventually, this leads them to Earth, where they quickly put all human beings into camps that have the look and feel of amusement parks. In the process they wind up breaking up families and putting people into shoddy new houses when the ones they had were perfectly adequate.

Like the rest of his race, Oh (Jim Parsons) is happy about the "favor" he and the other Boov are doing for humanity. Oh gets his name from the fact that everyone else wishes they could ignore him ("Oh, no. Not him!").

While the Boov have made it here, it seems they might actually be less tech savvy than we are. When our lonely anti-hero sends a party invitation shortly after taking over Earth, he actually hits "Send All," causing every single Boov to receive the message. Worse, for some odd reason, the Gorg are also in his contacts. While trying to escape from the authorities and to figure out how to stop the message from reaching unwanted recipients, Oh encounters a girl named Gratuity "Tip" Tucci (moonlighting singer Rihanna), who is desperately trying to find where the Boov have relocated her mother (Jennifer Lopez). The two scramble to find where the older Tucci has been moved before the Boov (and possibly the Gorg) stop them.

The story by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (working from Adam Rex's novel The True Meaning of Smekday) is simple, but the two manage to coax quite a bit of humor from the Boov's sometimes arrogant misunderstanding of Earth and its inhabitants.

While space aliens have been part of cinema since at least Georges Melies' 1902 A Trip to the Moon, director Tim Johnson (Antz, Over the Hedge) and the screenwriters manage to find new angles for how extraterrestrials might think and act. One charming touch is that the Boov's moods can easily be determined by how they change color. When Oh is blue, he's sad, and yellow means what you think it might mean.

Gathering of one's courage is one of the movie's themes. While the filmmakers condemn the Boov's cowardice, they never imply violence or revenge is a satisfactory answer.

The voice casting is spot on. As in The Big Bang Theory, Parsons plays a geek, although a far more amiable one than he plays on TV. Rihanna, who sings a lion's share of the songs on the soundtrack, may not be a child, but she has the right blend of spunk and innocence to be believable as Tip.

If space is indeed the final frontier, Home proves there's still a lot to be gained by looking beyond our own atmosphere.

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