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Fast Five Review: The Boss Baby

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Animated | 2017

Tim is perfectly fine being an only child, thank you very much. His parents work hard as the marketing managers at Puppy Co, makers of the cutest puppies in the world, but they somehow always have time for Tim. That’s until one day, Tim’s baby brother arrives – a baby dressed in a suit, with a briefcase by his side. Suddenly, Tim’s not the centre of his parents’ universe any more. But when Tim learns that the evil CEO of Puppy Co is hatching a plan to put Baby Corps, the celestial factory where babies are made, out of business, he must team up with The Boss Baby to save the day. 

1) Did you like it?

I really wanted to – after all, this is a Dreamworks film: the people who brought us classics like Shrek and Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon. Which is why it bugs me to say – no, I really didn’t like this film.

2) Why?

I know, right? A cute baby! In a suit! Voiced by Alec Baldwin! What’s not to like? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is “pretty much everything else”. This whole film is constructed on a really flimsy premise, with a bizarre plot that feels like it was pulled from thin air to justify making a movie with Alec Baldwin as a suit-wearing baby.

The thing with The Boss Baby is that it’s just too weird. That’s not to say that kids’ films can’t be surreal – look at Up, for example…if you can get though the first ten minutes without passing out due to feels-related dehydration. The Boss Baby is rife with plotholes and oddly jarring moments that don’t feel as if they were fully thought through – like the scene where Tim is about to catapult his baby brother from a second storey window. Kinda disturbing, from an adult perspective. But there’s not that much here for kids, either, because a lot of the film’s humour centres around parodies of films that kids won’t have seen. So yeah – I’m not quite sure who this film is for, but it’s not for me.

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

The one thing The Boss Baby does have going for it? It’s a cute story about sibling rivalry that just might help kids come to term with the arrival of a newborn brother or sister.

4) This movie made me think about…

Way too much, unfortunately. For instance: Tim’s parents are the marketing managers at Puppy Co, but they don’t own a dog?

5) Overall rating:

2.5-stars

Fast Five Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
2016 | Adventure, Fantasy, Family

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.  Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Central Intelligence (2016)

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE
2016 | M | Action, Comedy, Crime

After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Fast Five (2011)

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FAST FIVE
2011 | M | Action, Crime, Thriller
Reviewed by Abhi

Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent. Continue reading