Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Big Boss Man: Movie Review Boss Baby

Boss Baby was excellently marketed to kids. We pass by a giant billboard advertising the movie at least twice a day, and have seen several others all over the city. Molly in particular took notice and added watching this movie to our spring bucket list.  We decided a rainy weekend day would be a great time to check out the film.

Image courtesy of www.dreamworks.com



What's in it for the Kids?
Many kids can feel put out when a new sibling arrives.  This movie is all about sibling rivalry, paired with out there moments from the mind of a child (main character Tim) who has a fantastic imagination.  The movie is quick moving and delivers pretty much what the commercials advertise.

What's in it for the Adults?
I have a weird thing for Alec Baldwin that I've never quite understood (don't judge me).  He is the perfect person for the Boss Baby role in all of his 30 Rock Jack Donaghy glory.  There are a few jokes in this film geared towards the grown-ups that kids won't get - hopefully enough to get you through another kid movie.  I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and found myself laughing often, even when other people in the theatre were not.  Additional voice work provided by favourites including: Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, and and Tobey Maguire.



Image courtesy of  www.screendaily.com




Best Parts of the Movie
Kids (and adults) who like a high action real cartoon feel to a movie will totally dig this film.  The fantasy sequences were imaginative and charming enough to keep parents engaged.  Side note: I am in love with Timmy's wizard clock (Wizzie) .

Worst Parts of the Movie
The concept is a bit of a one trick pony (he's a baby and the boss), but we went in with this in mind and were pleasantly surprised.  There are scenes in the early part of the movie (introductions of Boss Baby) that could be quite scary for a little kid.  One of the kids we saw the movie with was on her mom's lap and quite scared for about five minutes, but quickly got over it.  This scene seemed a little unnecessarily dark for a film targeted towards kids.

Overall Rating
I would rate this movie 3.5/5, it wasn't super original, but we all thoroughly enjoyed it.  Since Molly liked it so much it is a movie we will end up purchasing and potentially watching again and again. Molly's favourite part of the movie was scenes involving the big, strong, baby.  Jack loved the gross out moments when the kids were trying to trick their babysitter and laughed hysterically throughout anything slapstick or gross. As grown-ups we had fun with it, but I don't know how well I'd cope if the minions want to watch the movie as often as they do Trolls.  See it with your kids, but go in knowing that it's not going to be one of those movies that changes your life, and you won't regret it.

To read my review of the Lego Batman movie click here

To read my review of Trolls (which is now available for purchase) click here.




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