*He’s a baby boss…
The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again – and inspire a new family business.
“The only difference between “try” and “triumph” is just a little “oomph!””
It is amazing to me Juicers, that we literally just talked about DreamWorks last movie Spirit Untamed; and here we are again with the latest sequel from the DreamWorks factory. So for those keeping track 4 out of their last 5 movies have been sequels with this, Spirit, Croods 2, Trolls 2, and How to Train Your Dragon 3. The only one that wasn’t was Abominable, which I actually enjoyed quite a bit. So I do understand why they continue to pump out these sequels, I still wish they made more original movies because they are so good when they do.
Let’s get to the ratings though for their newest story The Boss Baby: Family Business.
Animation – B-
I thought it was solid and definitely better than Spirit, which felt like they sent the B team to work on. At least this has the DreamWorks feel and looks similar to the original. I just did not think there is anything that overly special to give it that memorable quality.
Music – B+
When we look back at the history of Hans Zimmer’s career, I know the first thing everyone will think about is his Boss Baby scores. But, here he is teaming up with Steve Mazzaro giving us a score that is way better than it needs to be. Also there are two songs performed in the movie, the second being Together We Stand, which I loved and will be listening to again.
Voice Cast – B
I mean there is not a wasted voice here: Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, James Marsden, Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, even Jimmy Kimmel. Also adding Amy Sedaris was absolutely genius because she is one of the great voice actors of all time. I did think Alec Baldwin lacked the punch he had in the first one, but every one else was very enjoyable.
Story – D+
None of this really clicked with me to be honest. It just felt so forced and just overall was not necessary. Sure the main storyline is about family and the value of brotherhood, but that is the exact same message as the original movie. So this is not adding anything that has not already been said. Sure it was fun to see the grown men our two heroes had become but then they shrink them back to children and again we basically get a rehash of the original movie with a little more glitz. There is a lot to like about the movie, but the story might bore you if you are looking for a furthering of the original story.
*A couple other tidbits
- Jeff Goldblum was of course fantastic as the villain.
- I did think it was interesting they decided to flash forward the story so much.
Folks, its the Boss Baby 2, you know exactly what you are getting when you sign up to watch it. For me though grading it as a movie it just is not as good as the surprisingly funny original installment. There is enough there for the kids to enjoy it though if you have Peacock and need something to watch.
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