The Boss Baby Reviews
This movie is full humorous references from 70s childhood and more recent movies (Lord of the Ring). It is about brotherhood and the world seen through the eyes of a seven and a half years kid.
Honestly though...I didn't hate it. I mean, it's a bad movie, don't get me wrong. Just in its premise it's incredibly stupid, it's surprisingly confusing, and even with all that it's still somehow manages to be unbearably predictable. Then there's the humor. Most of it's bad, really bad. Like "hey look, a butt, isn't that hilarious?" level bad. Look I'm not expecting high art from The Boss Baby, but when the jokes are quite literally at the same level of both quality and immaturity that I hear from the most immature kindergartners in my classroom, I feel like that's a problem. The first half of this movie, sucks. Straight up, it's just awful. It's a garbage movie with garbage characters and garbage plot and I hated it.
Weird thing is though, it picks up in the second half. The humor still goes for the cheap shots, but every now and then there were some genuinely funny jokes. Maybe it was because I was so used to garbage and I just wasn't expecting it, but there were a handful of moments in this movie (mostly near the end) that actually got pretty big laughs out of me. I also just like the animation in this movie. It's extremely quick and deliberate and you feel every impact made. I also liked how the boy's active imagination led to elaborate fantasy sequences and how these sequences were done in a new stylized way. On top of that Alec Baldwin's voice coming out of a baby is funny once you get past the creepy factor.
For a kid's movie, The Boss Baby is perfectly fine. There is a nice message buried in it about accepting a new sibling, and its harmless fun that they'll enjoy. For adults, it's not worth seeking out on your own, but of all the things you could be forced to watch this one really isn't that bad. There were admittedly things about it I did enjoy, and I did get a few good laughs out of it. Is it good? God no, but it could have been a lot worse.
Hard pass on this one.
THE BOSS BABY
After Smurfs, my expectations aren't high for animation right now. So when a such a weird movie comes out, you can't fail to take notice, despite how passable it really is. The Boss Baby is one of the year's average mainstream animation offerings that is neither incredibly fun for parents nor kids. Alec Baldwin is a perfect fit for this nuisance of a toddler character but apart from its clever use of 3D and a riveting beginning, the film doesn't do much. One thing that becomes common knowledge once you develop and coherent way of thinking about cinema is that plot doesn't matter that much to the quality of the film but this is one example where the plot would always keep the movie from being good - in no way shape or form would I be invested in such a braindead, corporate-America digested plot that the only way we have to know it wasn't written by a 5 year-old is because it lacks imagination. Also, comparisons with Storks must abound: uncharacteristic feel, straight-forward plot, unfunny gags and pacing issues. It follows a (baby) formula whose acts are predictability so timed that you know what's happening next. Yet, what bugs me the most might be the animation, joining the ranks of movies that lack a visually captivating aesthetic to their characters, designing their "world" as an unmemorable made for TV animated series made in Scandinavia. That is specially surprising considering the studio behind it. DreamWorks has brought you Shrek and Kung Fu Panda and then decides not to give a damn and release Penguins of Madagascar, Home, Trolls and then this, decreasing gradually in quality. And as evidenced by the already announced Trolls 2, it works so... keep releasing films like the Boss Baby which is, in many ways, like the kid who is teething so hard he keeps biting everything within reach until all is covered with uninspired drool, not realizing that all problems could be solved if they just... took... a nap!