Review – The Boss Baby (2017)

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the-boss-baby-579f51a330238Evey now and then, it’s not me who wants to watch a movie, it’s my kid. Whenever a trailer for The Boss Baby would show up, he would get interested. Now, at the time, I could have sworn I heard a lot of good things about this movie. That it was funny, had a good story, had all these things a good parent could enjoy whilst they watch with their child. However, I didn’t really get that while watching. I quickly got confused as to what was even happening here, and I’m not even sure who to blame! Oy! So, let’s talk about the plot first.

The Boss Baby is all about babies, right? Well, up in the baby factory, they make two types of babies. Family babies and business babies. The business babies are concocted from babies that don’t giggle when tickled…you know…’cause they’re all serious. Anyhow. The business babies are sent to families, don’t age, and are on a mission. His particular mission is to find out whatever he needs to learn about puppies, and their growing popularity in cuteness vs. baby cuteness, putting them out of business.

Why did I find it confusing as to what’s going on? Well, first of all, you know the older boy is an imaginative young kid from the get-go, so you figure he’s experiencing a new family member and everything that goes with it in his own imaginative way. Well, that changes when he gets auditory proof that the baby speaks. That proof gets destroyed of course, so maybe it’s still in his imagination? Well, something also happens, in the end, that sort of negates everything so that nothing mattered, but it sort of doesn’t at the same time, which really, really bothered me. I’m sitting here, and I’m still confused as to what actually happened in this movie. You can say, “It’s a kids movie, it doesn’t need to make sense” until you’re blue in the face. 99% of other kids movies make sense because they have smart enough writers to make sure a kids movie makes sense.

Enough of that, let’s break it down and talk about all the points.

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PEOPLE SCORE – 6/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 1|Casting – 1|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 2

Alright, first off, the people category got a six. Why? Well, most of the subcategories here were rather forgettable and didn’t truly stand out. I think the characters had chemistry, but nothing else really had any wow factor. The acting was subpar, but that’s to be expected in an animated comedy. There just wasn’t enough characters to warrant this full points. The most notable and memorable characters were the boss baby and the brother. Not even the parents were memorable. How about casting? Well, as much as I like Alec Baldwin, I’m not really positive he’s the only person that can play the role, and I know for certain anyone else could have played any of the rest of the cast, too. As for the importance of characters to the plot? Well, put it this way. The business babies have a connected goal, the brother’s mostly there to help him…and no one else is really helping divide this into a well thought-out story.

WRITING SCORE – 5/10
Dialogue – 0|Balanced – 0|Story – 2|Originality – 2|Interesting – 1

Okay, so what about the writing category? That was even worse than the people category. Its major dropping in points comes down to the dialogue and how balanced it is. This is a film that tries to appeal to adults watching with their kids, so it drops some subtle innuendo stuff in there. There’s just one problem. It’s not subtle and it’s not thought out very well because it just turns weird really fast because of the innuendo. As for how balanced it is…there’s a lot of things the film demands from its audience to understand and a lot of stuff happening in general. That wasn’t necessary. That being said, I think the underlining message here was how important it is for our kids to use their imaginations, which is important, and I really can’t say the movie isn’t original because it is. Is it interesting, though? Sort of…but not really.

BTS SCORE – 6/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 2|Advertisement – 1|Music – 1

How about behind-the-scenes? The visuals were okay, but once again, nothing truly stands out. The directing could have been better in regards to the balance of the story and give a bit more clarity to what’s actually happening here. The editing was mostly perfectly well done, but I don’t really think of this film as as-advertised. As crazy as it seems, I think the movie would’ve been better had they not had the older kid have imagination worlds. They were going for imagination and just ended up with, perhaps, schizophrenia. The music doesn’t stand out either.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 8/10
Introduction – 1|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 1|Falling Action – 2

The narrative arc was okay, but a little weird. The introduction was a little strange, but it was mostly really skimmed through so we didn’t really get the opportunity to be sucked into this world. The inciting incident is when the baby that showed up starts talking. The obstacles first start off with the kids fighting, and then with them working together. The climax wasn’t all it could’ve been, but the falling action was mostly, mostly perfect.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 1/10
Rewatchability – 0|Fun – 0|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 1|Sucks Audience IN – 0

How entertaining is it, you ask? Not at all. I have an impulse to talk about how ridiculous it is, but that’s about it. I have zeroes set for everything else. It’s not rewatchable. It’s not fun, it doesn’t suck you in, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone really buying it….or heck,…even just owning it. Don’t do it.

TOTAL SPECIAL – 30/50
Family/Kids – 5|Liam Test – 5|Comedy – 5|Animation – 10|Halfway Decent – 5

Onto the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing the film. As far as this goes for a balance between kids movies and adults watching with them, how does this do? Well, like I said earlier, the innuendoes the film intends to do turn out a bit disturbing and unnatural, and I mostly just see this as a kids movie. How did my kid enjoy it? He watched maybe the first half before giving up. How is the humor, though? The comedy is mostly lost on me, but I think I did chuckle here and there. The animation is fine. But is it halfway decent? Sure. It did what it intended to do.

TOTAL – 56/100

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