The Boss Baby

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HERE ARE SO many con­flict­ing re­ports about this movie, we’re not sure what to be­lieve. The gen­eral con­sen­sus is, it’s not as good as a Pixar an­i­ma­tion both vis­ually and in terms of the writ­ing, but it isn’t bad. Some peo­ple also love it and oth­ers ab­so­lutely de­spise it. All we can seem to fathom is, whereas Pixar pro­duces equal laughs and points of emo­tion for adults and kids, The Boss Baby ap­pears to be solely aimed at a younger au­di­ence. Judg­ing from the sheer vol­ume of PR cam­paign ma­te­ri­als out there (the rule is; the more ad­verts and per­sonal ap­pear­ances by ac­tors, the worse the film), it doesn’t ap­pear to be a hit with kids ei­ther.

The only con­ceit the pic­ture pos­sesses is that the main char­ac­ter, an an­i­mated baby, is voiced by the grav­elly sil­ver fox Alec Bald­win and wears a suit. The rest of the plot is in­ci­den­tal and not par­tic­u­larly en­gag­ing. There’s a se­cret war be­tween ba­bies and pup­pies. Pup­pies are get­ting more love than ba­bies and it is The Boss Baby’s job to find out why, all the while grad­u­ally heal­ing the rift be­tween his jeal­ous older brother and he. We’re not overly im­pressed.

Rot­ten Toma­toes gives it 52%

Trivia: Jimmy Kim­mel and Lisa Kudrow also star.

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