Netflixing: The Boss Baby

in tv •  2 years ago 

Why is this nominated for best animated feature?

It's not exactly a bad movie, sure, but in no universe is it Oscar material.

Still, I shouldn't be surprised. "Best Animated Picture" is one of the most maligned categories in the entire Academy Awards. It had its problems even back when the nominating process was only open to people who worked in animation. But once the academy opened the nominating process to everyone in Hollywood, it has only gone downhill.

People often nominate animated films without having seen any of them. Or perhaps the only animated film they did see during the year. And in such cases, this usually falls to whatever movie most successfully managed to babysit their children for 90 minutes. In either case, animation gets short shrift among the Hollywood crowd.

But considering how many better animated films there were in 2017 which did not get nominated (The Lego Batman Movie, Captain Underpants, etc.) this decision is hard to justify.

In case you weren't able to guess, I do not have a high opinion of The Boss Baby, despite my love of all things baby-related, and this is likely going to be a short review.

That said, a lot of work and talent went into this movie, and it deserves a fair shake. So here, in brief, are a few of my thoughts.

What Worked

A few of the jokes landed.

Which is about all I can say. The Boss Baby works better as a stand-up comedy show than it does as a cohesive narrative. The one joke is a baby who acts like a corporate climber, and they milk that for all it's worth...for about 90 minutes.

The whole concept of a "babies vs. puppies" world where they have to compete for the love of adults could have been developed into something thought provoking. Unfortunately, provoking any kind of thoughts was the last thing the filmmakers had in mind when making this movie.

The other area in which this movie excelled was its use of compact storytelling?

What do I mean by compact? Consider the following image.

What appears to be clones of the same character occupying the same time and space, are, in the movie, actually a representation of events spanning multiple evenings. The main character gets a story from his mother and a song from his father every night before bed. Where other movies would do this through a montage or recurring scene, Boss Baby manages to cut out a lot of time by having all these evenings magically appear onscreen at the same time. It makes for a memorable effect that sets up a lot of backstory in very little time, and sparing the audience from a ton of backstory/exposition is always a good thing.

Though, unfortunately, the film ruins this buy having a different big infodump right in the middle of the story.

What Didn't Work

Boss Baby was based on a children's picture book.

Which couldn't have been longer than 20 pages (I'm too lazy to look up the actual number). And converting that to a 90-minute movie is always a difficult task. Not every Dreamworks film can pull it off as well as Shrek did.

Which means that most of this movie is filler. And the stuff that isn't filler comes across as extremely contrived (particularly in the case of the film's villains and the confrontation with them).

I won't bother trying to summarize the story, as the story is the least worthwhile part of the movie. If you watch this, then you're watching it for Alec Baldwin's savvy delivery as the title character. And yeah, he's great in this.

But they made a mistake by pairing him with a child actor, who plays the baby's big brother.

Having adults voice child characters always comes across as inauthentic, but it can be played well enough, as Captain Underpants showed us.

George and Harold were great characters with great character chemistry, despite the fact that they were voiced by adults.

Boss Baby and his brother, on the other hand, have their attempt to form a character bond undercut by the fact that one is clearly played by a child and the other by a grown man. Having them go on adventures together comes across as fake (at best) and actually creepy (at worst).

And there is no chemistry between them as a result. So when the final reconciliation happens between them, it could not be more hollow.


It's a genuinely funny movie, but if it wins Best Animated Picture, that will prove, once and for all, that the Oscars are hopelessly broken and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should be disbanded.

I wasn't even going to review this one, but time constraints this past week forced me to fall back on a movie I'd seen months ago. You have my apologies.

Still, there's nothing in the film that will ruin your life, and there are some laugh out loud moments. Since Netflix streams it to you for no extra charge, you could do a lot worse than check this movie out.

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    The review tells me to watch it at least once and I love animation also. So I must watch it.

    Yes I have watched this and I enjoyed it also and I found it as funny one.

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    Your tone says you don't like the movie! Isn't it? I like the review and as you said I will try this out! Want to watch a genuine funny movie!


      ·  2 years ago (edited)

    Looks like an interesting serie and i want to see how much chapters and ideas they can make from just a 20 pages of the original book. I really like the last part of your post i mean the conclusion because i have some of your personal ideas and sensations. Regards

      ·  2 years ago (edited)

    We tried to get our daughter to watch this the other day. She didn't seem interested.

    Oh well...I'll watch it myself.

    I saw only trialer pf this movie

    The animation of this movie is really spot on.

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    The Boss Baby is not a bad film for family viewing that you can watch when there is time and enjoy some fun moments. I watched it once and in general it would be suitable to watch it a couple of times. Thanks @talanhorne for your review!

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      ·  2 years ago (edited)

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      ·  2 years ago (edited)

    I think the main judges of this cartoon are still children. If they look with pleasure, then why not. If there are certainly no points that will harm the upbringing of the child.

    The problem is that dismissing animated films as "just for children" is why there are so many low-quality animated films. Which then results in people not taking animation seriously as an art form.

    And, honestly, kids are a lot smarter than people give them credit for, and they deserve a higher grade of entertainment.

    You are absolutely right, thank you.

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    I have watched this movie couple of times. This is one of my favourite animated movie. Thanks for sharing

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    It's a genuinely funny movie, but if it wins Best Animated Picture, that will prove, once and for all, that the Oscars are hopelessly broken and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should be are right about this. it does not deserve it.unnamed.gif

    bad jokes too worked sometimes hahah but thanks buddy for sharing this one

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      ·  2 years ago (edited)

    I can not believe this. this is very bad.DQmPvziZjvqGVmWF87b7gtwyebBQx7gThMdiDN8BRSVHfsS_1680x8400.png

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    Will skip this one as it seems ,but thanks for the review buddy !

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    What's even more infuriating is that Your Name got completely snubbed. That movie was cinematic beauty in every way, shape, and form. If you haven't watched it yet, you should.

    Also, do you know why we have a Best Animated Film category? Actors got huffy that Beauty and the Beast won best picture in 1992, snubbing their hard work. For that reason, Beauty and the Beast will be the only movie to ever win a Best Picture award from the academy.

    Your Name came out in 2016. It therefore cannot qualify for the 2017 Academy Awards.

    Also, Beauty and the Beast did not win best picture. It was only nominated. And both Up and Toy Story 3 would go on to get nominated for best picture. The idea that an animated film will eventually win the award is not so far-fetched.

    That said, you are mostly correct: the academy does not take animated films seriously. It is wrapped up in false prestige and old prejudices that keep it from acknowledging great animated and foreign films. Ultimately, these awards are a way for the same small group of people to keep giving each other accolades and monopolize the share of attention that could have gone to a much broader field of films.

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    I have seen this movie and it isn't a bad movie, but it isn´t specially good either