The Dreamworks dynasty is far from a reemerging period. Wowing with visceral marvellous and poignant features such as Antz and The Prince of Egypt amongst others, a film like The Boss Baby exists more as an oddity, as it seems so disparate from the sensibilities of what the company has produced in previous years.
The film, more or less, sounds like a Funny or Die sketch …. it’s Alec Baldwin in a business suit as a baby. It sounds like one hell of a zany pitch meeting. However, as far as the calibre of the film goes, it’s fine. Miles apart from being good and on par with the best of what Dreamworks can produce, but for child entertainment, the best that can be said about the film is that it is a serviceable feature. The animation is cute, the voice work is strong and for the intended demographic, it fits the bill of what it aims to achieve.
The plot is muddled and if any analysis was to be examined within the feature you would find yourself hard pressed. However, as a harmless animated feature it is an alright product, it could be immensely better when comparing, however, for the nightmare that the concept appeared, The Boss Baby is a near epitome of an okay children’s animated feature.
Although, when examining the special features on the recently released Blu-Ray edition is where the demographic will arguably get more for their buck. The special features are intended to serve as this kaleidoscopic wonderland for the targeted demographic to explore the depth of this film’s bright world. There are plenty of detours and insight into the world of The Boss Baby as well as the occasional glimpse into how the feature was made. This really is a splendour added addition to the age bracket who are going to get the most out of the film.
While not being the best film anyone will see this year, The Boss Baby in both film and special features, can be applauded for its audacity in all forms.
Film Review Score: TWO AND A HALF STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
Special Features Review Score: THREE AND A HALF STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
The Boss Baby is available on Digital HD, DVD and Blu-Ray now. It was reviewed on Blu-Ray.