MOVIE (RE)VIEW: Boss Baby

Welcome to a new feature on WithConsideration, Movie (Re)Views! Here, I (Caitlin) will review movies that I have DEFINITELY seen and have an expert opinion on! And you can’t prove that I haven’t! Well, you could probably substantiate it one way or another, but that would take time and we’re all gonna die in a nuclear explosion pretty soon and the sea levels are rising and is it getting hot in here and anyway! Let’s get started.

Movie: BOSS BABY

BOSS BABY is the action-packed thrill ride that kicks off the Summer 2017 season. It combines stunning fight sequences with real emotional depth and complexity. There’s romance, broken families, social conflict– everything you want to find in a movie with a title like BOSS BABY. It is a very ambitious film, for sure.

The premise of BOSS BABY is simple enough to follow. Spoilers: Once upon a time, there was a boss. This boss was mean and ruthless to his underlings. He would often siphon from their paychecks to buy things like cars, jet skis, and hookers on retainer. He would also step on their toes any chance he got.

“Here comes the boss,” his underlings would say, “you better watch out for your toes!” He’d step on anyone’s toes. His mom, a dog’s, anyone.

This was until, one day in the forest, he stepped on a baby’s toe. What he didn’t know was that this was a magic baby. Not to be confused with a cool magic baby, like Harry Potter or Jesus. His only power is turning other people into babies. Thus, the Boss was reborn, reincarnated into Alec Baldwin, but, y’know, as a baby.

He fashions a suit out of sticks and leaves and crawls back to the city. The baby tries to go back to work but everyone’s like, “This is a baby, this baby can’t work. He just steps on toes.” Eventually Boss Baby spirals into a depression and confronts the baby that transformed him.

“Why did you turn me into a baby?” demands Boss Baby. Magic Baby simply stares, but his eyes say it all. Boss Baby knows what he has to do.

All in all, I thought it was an interesting concept. I was really impressed that they were able to train those babies to tie ties and cast spells. I thought that the fight between Boss Baby and the dragon took up a little too much time– action for the sake of showing off CGI, if you ask me, and not really valuing the audience’s emotional attachment to either the Boss Baby or the Dragon who turned out to be his father. A bit of a predictable twist, but hey, that’s Hollywood. All in all, I give it 3 stars out of 5.

★★★☆☆

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