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Movie Review: ‘The Boss Baby’ is a Mess in Need of Changing

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The Boss Baby is far from being the boss of laughs! Read our movie review here:

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Boss Baby is the type of concept that seems better suited to an animated short or a series of shorts in the vain of Looney Tunes. The titular character of a baby in a business suit with all the mannerisms and physical behaviors of a powerful executive can be funny, but for how long? When trying to conceive an entire movie around this premise, its times like these I’m thankful the characters of Pepe Le Pew and the Roadrunner were never given their own movies.

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Babies in suits can only go so far.

Now try to see if you can keep up with this concept, because it’s a doozy of a complicated premise for what essentially amounts to baby jokes. In another realm of reality, babies are created and divided into two groups. If a baby is ticklish, they are assigned to a family on Earth. If a baby is not ticklish, they are assigned a role in management for BabyCo, a corporation in the long-term business of keeping babies the cutest thing on Earth. The crucial decision in deciding the lifetime for babies is made by a machine in a land of clouds. Who is controlling this machine? I don’t know. Probably the same people who made the baby-making machine in 2016’s Storks.

Management babies are only allowed down to Earth when given a field assignment. Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) is assigned the task of infiltrating PuppyCo, which is apparently a real corporation on Earth, and uncovering their secret for making the never-aging puppy. BabyCo fears this will crush the cuteness factor of babies and the demand will slip.

Boss Baby’s mission, however, is nearly compromised by his assigned brother Tim (Miles Bakshi) who discovers management babies can speak perfect English when adults are not listening. Angered by this new baby taking all the attention away from him, Tim agrees to team up with the intelligent infant on the agreement that the success of the mission will result in Boss Baby being sent back to management with the family having their mind wiped of his presence.

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Nothing but trouble!

This is a very elaborate setup and there are still plenty of holes to this concept. If there is a secret order of babies, why isn’t there a secret order of dogs? If a puppy was created that would never die, wouldn’t this cause a severe drop in demand for dogs rather than a surge in sales? Is this entire plot of an evil puppy corporation a reality or a product of Tim’s overactive imagination, as it’s implied at many points that it very well could be in his head? I’ll spare you the topic of BabyCo’s top-secret baby formula that keeps management babies intelligent and ageless.

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Outside of this complicated mess of a plot, there is a character dynamic that could have made this work. Tim’s hatred for Boss Baby’s attention-hogging ways is a very real emotion that could have been paired well with the insistence of the baby calling “meetings” in the middle of the night. Tim’s playful imagination established early on could have made a great parallel for trying to deal with his brother. But the movie never becomes this deep or unique with such a concept and would rather favor a manic onslaught of slapstick and slipped-in adult humor. I can only assume we’re supposed to forget about the story somewhere between Boss Baby demanding sushi and farting with a butt full of baby powder.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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