The Boss Baby

Released 03/31/2017                              Rated: PG

When trailers for this movie started coming out I thought: “The marketing looks cute,” but I really had no desire to see this film. Still don’t, to be honest. But I was shocked, as was most of the world, to hear that this movie was nominated for Best Animated Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Really? This movie? Up against titles like Ferdinand and Cocoa? (My money’s on Cocoa, by the way.) So now I feel like I have to watch this one.

After having watched the film I have to admit: it was actually a decent movie. It wasn’t Kubo and the Two Strings but it wasn’t The Emoji Movie either. It was a creative story with some awesome animation and a heartfelt message under it all. And lots, and lots of references! So many. I certainly didn’t expect it but that turned out to be a big contributing factor for me. Indiana Jones, Mary Poppins, The Matrix, just to name a few, and some that I didn’t even get because they were before my time. OMG, the horror movie references when Tim sees the other babies through the spy glasses, so awesome!! They get points for that.

Some of the other things I liked: the baby assembly line. It was just so stinkin’ cute. Wizzy. The wizard alarm clock that looks like Gandalf and sounds similar to Patrick He even goes off sometimes and quotes his iconic lines from LotR. Someone make me one in real life, please! And Boss Baby’s naps. He takes three throughout the film and suddenly wakes from each shouting what kind of nap it was. “ZZZZZZZZZ. Power nap!” Cracks me up every time.

It’s impossible to tell the difference between reality and imagination in this movie. Tim’s day dreams are usually depicted in a different animation style. But then we see Tim jumping from the trampoline into his second story window, and he’s in the upstairs of the house. Then Boss Baby is thrown through a different second story window and is actually in the house. And then when the parents go outside they see the triplets on the trampoline with shards of glass, and the play firetruck is actually on fire. So WTH? No to mention Tim riding his bike up a mound of dirt and successfully jumping a speeding train while Scary Poppins (love it!) wipes out. I’m just very confused. Yes, it’s a kids’ movie, but it should still make sense!

But it’s a cute little movie. It does certain things right. Better than expected. Still confused over the Academy Awards nomination so I did some digging. It seems this particular category is judged purely by its animation and not the film as a whole. And in some cases the pool to choose from has been slim pickings. Shark Tale was nominated for crying out loud. Shark Tale. So maybe it’s not such a mystery after all. But like I said, there are worse movies out there.

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