Andrea’s Film Review – The Boss Baby 2: Family Business

The Boss Baby 2: Family Business ⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

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. On in cinemas now.

To quote one of the lines at the beginning of this film “Being a dad is one of the coolest jobs in the world”. You have all the excuses you want to play with Lego, to pretend you live in a world where Santa Claus exists (and don’t you dare go telling me otherwise) and to watch (and rewatch) some of those many wonderful animated features out there.

However, from time to time you may also find yourself having to endure films like this one. I guess it’s part of the job description.

Last year it was the dreadful Scoob! and this time is the abysmal Boss Baby 2.

Unfunny, unoriginal, illogical, unintelligible and just messy. And you can probably stop reading here, because let me spoil it for you: it doesn’t really get a lot better.

I should probably confess that I could never quite understand the appeal of the original movie either, beyond possibly an intriguing title, but at least it did have some cute moments and the crazy plot about baby spies on a mission to fight puppies because they are too cute and could replace them (yes you heard me right). However unhinged, it was at least a nice metaphor for a child afraid to lose his parents’ love.

But then again, who I am to judge? That first Boss Baby earned over half a billion dollars worldwide on its release, scored an Oscar nomination and even spun a whole to TV series on Netflix (currently on its 4th season). And now four years later, here’s the obligatory cash-grab sequel, which retreads the original’s formula, dismisses any possible metaphoric readings and just rattles along with a series of unfunny, loud and chaotic sketches somehow stitched together to resemble the appearance of a logical story.

Believe me, I’ve been trying to come up with a simple way to tell that story for the past 20 minutes and I failed miserably. This is as generic as it can be, just like any those average episodes on Netflix, with one crucial difference: it is over 100 minutes long!

There’s clearly some talent behind the scenes, with some decent music, glimpses of imaginative visuals and a great voice cast (reasons for which it just about gets the two stars mark), but not even Alec Baldwin, James Marsden nor Jeff Goldblum can save what it ultimately a big mess.

It did start rather promisingly, with a half decent introduction, which seems to touch on those universal values and feelings we can all relate to: parents seeing their kids growing up. So far so good, I thought to myself. But then all of a sudden, the film abandoned any pretence of being be a Pixar product and instead took a huge turn, not only becoming incomprehensible (especially if you can’t quite remember the dynamics and rules of the first movie), but seriously headache inducing.

It’s as if the producers had ordered the film-makers never to hold a shot for more than three seconds, or lower the level of sound beyond the decibels of a scream and always have at least four or five things happening on the screen at the same time because otherwise the young kids might get too bored.

The result is the equivalent of that typical of sugar rush kids get after a birthday party… multiplied by ten! Mad, loud, puerile and pointless.

My kid deserves so much more than this… and to be honest, so do I.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

The Boss Baby 2: Family Business is out in cinemas from Friday 19 November.

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