SPOILER ALERT: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
By Keith Hughes / @KeithHughes9
RUN TIME: 94 Minutes
Jim Parsons as Oh, Rihanna as Gratuity "Tip" Tucci, Jennifer Lopez as Lucy Tucci (“my mom”), Steve Martin as Captain Smek, Matt L. Jones as Kyle
Director: Tim Johnson
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Synopsis: Home is based off the book “The True Meaning of Smekday”
The Boovs must find a new home after fleeing their previous one in fear of an attack by their enemies, the Gorgs. This leads them to Earth, where they begin a “friendly” invasion by relocating all humans to one place and dwelling in their now abandoned homes. Here we meet Oh, the central character of the movie. Oh is different, but seemingly unaware, from all the other Boov. After sending an accidental mass email that all but guaranties the Boovs destruction, he becomes a fugitive. On the run, he becomes allies with a human girl and the two together would not only change Boov history, but also the histories of mankind and Gorgs alike.
Review: “Best movie ever.” Not my words but a little boy’s to his mother after the movie had ended. Even though I can’t agree with his proclamation, I won’t say he is wrong. Home is a movie about friendship, fear, love, sacrifice, courage, and much, much more. As believers, we can learn some valuable lessons from this movie.
The first of these is being different. Not being different for the sake of being different, but being true to yourself. As new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17), we should live a life that is an exact reflection of the One living inside us. Too many times we revert back to that old self for many reasons. Some may do it to fit in, some to get a promotion, some to “satisfy” a sinful thought. We easily forget the joy that Christ has so graciously granted us by being in total obedience to Him.
In our arrogance, we decide what will give us pleasure and then we seek it with reckless abandon. And that’s exactly what we become, a “wreck”. Thankfully God is always there just like in the parable of the lost son in Luke 15. He awaits us with open arms no matter how low we have sunk or far we may think we have got. Once we are truly His child, He will always be our loving heavenly Father. He tells us He will never leave or forsake us (Heb 13:5). We are commanded to be holy as He is holy (1 Pet 1:16). Knowing this, we should strive every day to be different. Not just to be different from everyone else not even to be different from who you used to be, but because we want to emulate the life of Christ.
The next thing I think we can learn from this movie is the ability to flee. Not fleeing from fear but from sin (2 Tim 2:22). The Boov understood that if they did not run away from the Gorgs they would be utterly destroyed. The same can be said of us and sin. If we engage in sinful actions or thoughts, they will slowly destroy us. It destroys families, friendships, churches, and most importantly testimonies. The best way to avoid a temptation is to run. Running as far away from sin as possible does not make us weaker or a coward. Joseph ran from the grasp of Potiphar's wife because he did not even want to give the sin a second thought. A lot of times we let sin get the best of us because we give it a place to rest in our thoughts instead of doing whatever it takes to get it off our mind. It is our responsibility to control our own thoughts (2 Cor 10:5). This shows us that fleeing from sin does not always have to be physically like Joseph but we can take our own thoughts as far away as possible from those sinful lusts. To do this all we have to do is focus on the right things.
Phil 4:8 says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” What’s more true, honorable, just, pure, lovely commendable, excellent, or praise worthy than Jesus himself? If we fill our hearts and minds with His word there will be little room for any wicked thought to enter, and if one does we will have His word hid in our heart so we might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11).
The final thing I think we can learn from the movie is the Boovs expectation of “perfection”. Boovs are allowed 9 mistakes before they are erased, or executed. This makes the Boov sound very harsh but in fact they are far more lenient then we may give them credit. Oh’s mass email was his 62nd mistake, almost seven times the allotted amount. I don’t think that was intentional, but it reminds me of Peter asking Jesus if we should forgive others up to seven times (Matt 18:21). Then Jesus answers him that we should forgive one another seventy times seven. We can take this part of the movie two fold. We can learn that forgiving people no matter what is what God desires, or that despite the amount of sins we commit, He will never “erase” our salvation.
A few side note lessons I want to mention before finishing this review: First, the reason the human girl was not abducted like the rest. Her cat jumped on her head because it was scared from the gravity being turned off. The sensor that responsible for picking up the humans only detected the cat and not the girl, so it left her behind. This reminds me of how God sees us. We are covered by the sacrificial blood of Christ and when God looks upon us, that’s what He sees. The holy perfect life of Christ, along with his perfect sacrifice has been imputed to us and our sins were imputed to Jesus. 2 Cor. 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
The Boovs have a device that scans objects to determine if they are useful or not. One example is a bicycle. The bicycle is too tall for the Boovs to ride so they deem it not useful. All the bicycles are heaped together in a junk pile and sent up into the sky. We all have this device living inside us. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and if we let Him work He will help us cast things out of our life that our worthless and only hinder our walk with Christ.
Overall, I think Home is a great, family friendly movie. If you or your kids like Wall-E or Wreck-it Ralph, then you will be sure to enjoy this film. Who knows, maybe they will think it was the “best movie ever” too.
Keith Hughes is the adopted child on the one true King. The husband of a loving wife and the father of two precious girls. He enjoys being able to help people with their spiritual questions, appreciates clever humor, and can be extremely competitive. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter at @KeithHughes9.