Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review - Home (DreamWorks)

Warning: Spoilers

This is a movie about an alien named Oh, a misfit village-idiot voiced by Sheldon Cooper (real name Jim Parsons). Oh is part of a cowardly race that peacefully but suddenly colonises Earth to hide from their greatest fear, the planet-eating Galactus Gorg.

The new colonialist rulers forcefully relocate the entire backward ingenuous race (humans) to penal colonies in the deserts of Australia. These camps have a layout that bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Burning Man.

Although the alien race took the time to build theme parks with roller coasters in the hopes of keeping the humans in the colonies happy, they fail to understand the importance of familial relations to humans. Their relocation efforts split up Black families, causing much pain and tears. Young Rihanna gets separated from her mother Jennifer Lopez, and the movie sees her making a journey with the help of Oh to find her mom.

Over time, Oh learns that the Blacks humans are not such an inferior race and begins to learn to appreciate their culture, especially how to dance and appreciate Black music.

Eventually the aliens come to understand what it means to care for others, and realise in their cowardice that humans were not the only race to suffer under them. They make peace with the Gorg, the so-called terrorist race whose entire generation of children they had unwittingly stolen the lives of, which was the real reason why the Gorg were after them.

The movie ends happily ever after with the Whites aliens landing on the moon and dancing to black music, the blacks back in their own homes and welcoming some of the White foreign colonialist to visit, and other intergalactic races are coming to the Earth to settle down and/or party (without the consent of the indigenous humans).

Maybe peace in our time is possible. Maybe the West just needs to return ISIS all their children lost in wars waged by the West.

Maybe not.

A children's introduction to White colonialism.

Bechdel Test: Pass. Mother and daughter. No human male characters with speaking roles in this story. Speaking of which, where are all the fathers these days?

No. of films seen this year with:
     White man saving the world - 5
     Non-white/male protagonist - 9

(I'm going to park this film under the first one because Oh saved the world... even though Oh was the one who caused the world to almost be destroyed in the first place.)

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