The Boss Baby

Film, Animation
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3 out of 5 stars
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The Boss Baby

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

This cartoon about a baby with a head for business is cutesy but boring

Do you have a six-year-old? Are they conversant in office politics? Do they love intricate, mind-scrambling existentialist narratives that lead nowhere? Then hurry them along to this deeply strange but somehow also very dull family cartoon comedy.

The setup is just plain odd: before birth, the film reveals, all babies are sorted into two categories. The majority travel to earth, where they become part of a family. The rest are trained as managers in Babycorp, the company responsible for the manufacture of babies (don’t over-think it, because that way madness lies). When promising recruit The Boss Baby (gravel-voiced by Alec Baldwin like he’s reading rejected ‘30 Rock’ scripts) is sent to earth on a secret mission that’s way too silly to go into, he goes undercover with the Templeton family. But their existing seven-year-old Tim (Miles Bakshi) isn’t best impressed with his new baby brother.

‘The Boss Baby’ is one of those snarky, post ‘Shrek’ cartoons that desperately wants to appeal to parents as well as kids, but its snappy, pop-culture-referencing script feels workshopped to death (there’s a running joke about Gandalf that’s bafflingly unfunny). Undemanding kids might get a kick out of its jazzy, restless visual style and poo jokes, but grown-ups may well find themselves taking some impromptu nap time.

Details

Release details

Rated:
U
Release date:
Friday April 7 2017
Duration:
97 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Tom McGrath
Screenwriter:
Michael McCullers, Marla Frazee
Cast:
Alec Baldwin
Steve Buscemi
Lisa Kudrow

Users say (3)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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tastemaker

Awww man I absolutely loved this animation!! Sooooooo cute and adorable I felt broody for about 3.2 minutes straight. Its funny,well thought out and the baby's facial expressions were so cute and endearing! We came away wanting to watch it all over again.... And I also loved the ending! Almost like an epilogue you'd get in a book which most animations leave out.

tastemaker

I personally wasn't taken with this movie although I admit that it was ridiculously cute. It's one of those movies where the trailer kind of made it look way better than it actually was. I wasn't bored though...I just wasn't as in to it as with some of those classic Pixar movies that are out there.

I've given it 3 stars because all of the kids in the cinema genuinely seemed to be in to it. There was much laughter and the occasional 'eurgh!' at icky scenes so basically this movie is just aimed squarely at kids and in that regard it hits the nail on the head. Us adults are just used to kids films being for us too and that's where the dissappointmenr lies.

tastemaker

'It could have been worse' - a phrase that implies that what occurred was not as bad as feared. It also indicates that things could have been a whole lot better; a sentiment that definitely applies to this movie. What could have been a charming 30 minute animated short ends up being an overlong, overstretched and over the top mish-mash. Enough jokes to be considered a comedy, enough originality to seem appealing - not enough to keep the audience entertained for 90 minutes.