771. The Boss Baby

Background info

Title: The Boss Baby
Director: Tom McGrath
Year: 2017
Run time: 1hr 37m

“DreamWorks Animation invites you to meet a most unusual baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a very imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, The Boss Baby is an original, broadly appealing comedy for all ages.”

Live blog

2:24 – “Show mummy your teeth.” Weird response to crashing into a tree.
6:41 – I like wizard alarm clock, but I reckon Harry Potter more than Gandalf.
10:42 – B-A-B-E-E.
14:04 – “I can talk, now let’s see if you can listen.”
17:10 – Never be able to see a sun with a face without thinking Teletubbies.
18:50 – Ninja foiled by a squeaky toy.
24:43 – Loving the pirate ship treehouse, lotta fun.
28:25 – That is mean of the parents. Parents suck.
32:14 – “If people really knew where babies come from, they’d never have one!”
35:45 – Stress nap!
38:11 – “A memo can change the world.”
41:12 – Fairy stories are messed up, it’s true.
48:45 – Yea, Steve Buscemi!
52:59 – Practically perfect in every way.
55:20 – Animated Julia Childs is fun.
58:38 – “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
1:09:33 – Babies laughing at stuff that isn’t funny… is funny.
1:14:21 – River of puppies.
1:21:23 – Icing angel is gross.
1:25:49 – I desperately want a sassy alarm clock.

Conclusions

The overwhelming thought throughout the whole of this film was simply: wtf? Who came up with the idea and how on earth did they make a whole film out of it? It was completely crazy, but also quite fun. I laughed a lot at several moments, and thought Alec Baldwin did a great job with the voice of a baby in a suit – not quite sure how you manage to capture that, but he did.

The animation was brilliant, lots of inventive moments and sequences, flashes of colour and varying styles to keep your brain whirring, but yea, whilst I enjoyed watching, the feeling I was left with was: what have I just witnessed?

Rating: 3/5.

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