The Boss Baby (2017)

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 The Boss Baby is directed by Tom McGrath (Megamind, Madagascar) and features the voices of Alec Baldwin (The Departed, Saturday Night Live), Miles Christopher Bakshi, Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Crank Yankers) and Lisa Kudrow (Friends, P.S. I Love You). "A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co". Dreamworks Animation are on the cusp of a comeback, will The Boss Baby solidify it?


Financially, I think they are as The Boss Baby is performing very well. However, in terms of quality - I don't think this film is exactly a step in the right direction. The Boss Baby is far below the standard of both Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 - it's probably more like Home or Turbo in terms of quality. With the animation genre becoming even more crowded and competitive - Dreamworks need to do better than this if they want to keep up with the likes of Disney, Pixar and even Illumination. I think the film will satisfy young audiences and there is some adult humour for the parents but there is just something about it - it's quite forgettable and doesn't hit the mark for me.

The voice acting is definitely a strong point for the film. Alec Baldwin who has recently had a revival with his portrayal of Donald Trump on SNL is continuing his streak here as his performance as Boss Baby is pretty fantastic - he really suits the role. Baldwin helps with a lot of the humour - his one-liners are great making the film quite funny. However, the one thing with Baldwin is I never felt that I liked his character - in some ways, Boss Baby is the villain of the film. I find Baldwin quite unlikeable whenever he is on-screen - there's just something about him that's simply hard to like. As for the rest of the voice cast, done of them did anything too memorable but none of the other characters in the film were as interesting or funny as Boss Baby. Miles Christopher Bakshi did a nice job considering his lack of experience - he certainly was able to hold his own. Baldwin steals the show but is hard to like and the rest of the cast do a nice job despite being thin and generic characters that are easily forgettable. 

The standard of Dreamworks' animation seems to have gotten worse as the years have gone by - films like How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek are animated excellently but something like The Boss Baby looks visually the same as something from an inexperienced animation studio (e.g Warner Bros Animation Group with Storks). The animation of The Boss Baby isn't anything remarkable or even special. I don't really care about the world of the film and I don't really care much for exploring more. Honestly, I didn't even think The Boss Baby himself was that cute - but that may be down to his villainous personality and Baldwin's voice. The puppies were cute but they looked just like the dogs from the Pet Rescue Saga game. 

The Boss Baby doesn't have a brain - anything goes, it's literally as wild as a child's imagination. However, I don't think that was intentional - I think the writers just didn't really care much about the film making realistic sense. I thought the idea was quite interesting about babies worrying about dogs taking over 'human love'. I also thought it was interesting to explore the idea of a child's imagination - the sequences where the scene would turn into something more interesting, bizarre and creative because of Tim's imagination were fun and added something a little more unique to the film. I also thought it was refreshing to see the relationship of brothers explored on the big screen once again - since Anna and Elsa, girls have kind of taken control so it was nice to see boys back. However, I think this could have been done better - what makes the relationship between Anna and Elsa so special are the actions they show in the film. However, in The Boss Baby - Tim and the baby go from hating each other then the baby suddenly decides to help Tim and they become friends. If we were to see an unselfish act from either of the two, I think it would have showed the brotherly bond even more. 

The Boss Baby isn't an awful film - it's just nothing special. I would say it's similar to Storks in terms of quality as well as in terms of story. The animation is mediocre, the story is a little crazy yet dumb but the voice acting from Baldwin is quite strong. The humour is effective for both children and adults. What makes Pixar successful is that they have interesting and unique ideas. What makes Disney successful is that they capture a unique sense of warmth and magic. What makes Illumination successful is that they have humour and characters audiences care about. I'm starting to question what makes Dreamworks 'successful' because they don't have a USP - this is the polar opposite to Trolls which was the polar opposite to Kung Fu Panda 3. The Boss Baby is ultimately a subpar and bog standard animation film that will satisfy family audiences but will unlikely stand the test of time. 

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