“The Boss Baby” Isn’t Bad But Could Have More of a Plot
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I watched The Boss Baby as an animation lover and coming to it with a lot of background on Pixar vs. DreamWorks Animation movies. Visually, this 3D movie is as good as Finding Dory. The animators here you can tell worked overtime getting this done. Compairng 3D to 3D, as we needn’t compare it Tom 2D or other animation styles.
A movie doesn’t stop at the visuals.
The Boss Baby has the weakest plot of probably any DreamWorks cartoon in recent history. You know what will happen and how before this movie plays if you’ve seen the previews. You can imagine it. The music is great. Animation, yeah. The acting couldn’t be better. I loved the acting.
The plot basis is The Boss Baby works for a baby corporation in the sky, gets sent down to Earth to make humans love puppies, and you know right now without seeing this, he will change his mind. He will discover love and return to the family as a normal human baby. You know what his brother is like from the previews and can assume the fill in spots.
This makes me feel like I’m watching a Minions short that comes with the Despicable Me downloads on iTunes, stretched out to fill a large amount of time. There’s nothing a director, composer, animator, actor, sound FX guy can do without the script bringing it to action.
Would I say I was disappointed? No, probably not. I’d watch this again. I had higher expectations of what I was going to see. I wanted something to surprise me. The Boss Baby was start to end the movie preview. Little kids probably don’t find the corporate guy stuff funny. Towards the end, you get the material kids probably love. People forget that kids are little adults. Kids crave plots like everyone else. Kids are not film executives laughing away at a sample audience test made up of middle aged people saying, “This film is gonna be a hit!” What if we made films intended to be hits for decades on iTunes and home viewing? Parents may be buying the box office tickets. Kids ask the parents to buy films they love that reach to them. Movies you want to watch again and again.
Example here. Hocus Pocus. For whatever reason, kids see this every year. The Goonies. Toy Story.
This movie doesn’t feel like it’s going to be remembered.