I did not expect this. The Boss Baby is a delightfully inventive take on sibling rivalry with some really impressive animation to match the originality of the story told from the pov of a 7 year old, and it features some of the best one liners of the year.
Immensely theatrical and over the top in places, but the excellent performances from the entire cast (notably Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Lily James) who are obviously enjoying themselves tremendously carry the film. And I admit, I enjoyed Joe Wright's stagey direction, broad dramatic strokes, exaggerated camera angels, and vibrant lighting; they were very effective at conveying the importance and urgency of the drama as well as the distinct time and place.
I'm this far behind (two weeks) logging films at Letterboxd, because of Boyhood. I've spent over a week reading positive and negative reviews, trying to pinpoint exactly why the film failed to completely work for me. I liked parts of it - mostly the parts when Mason was a child; but as a whole the film failed to engage me, and I never cared about any of the characters.
Naturally, I am surprised at my lack of enthusiasm for Boyhood,…
"What do you do? It's such a stupid question. I thought I'd ask it."
"What do you do?"
"That's such a stupid question. Just kidding. Um, it's kinda hard to explain."
"Because what you do is complicated?"
"Uh, because I don't really do it."
I can't help it; I adore this film. There's no other film I've seen that depicts the challenges of a young artist adjusting to living on their own as hilariously, poignantly, and accurately as Frances…