Disposable Fare: Our Review of ‘The Boss Baby’

Posted in Movies, Theatrical by - March 31, 2017
Disposable Fare: Our Review of ‘The Boss Baby’

In every walk of life, there’s always somebody who is a boss.

While The Boss Baby is a universally accessible and cute affair, it felt like it was missing an opportunity to have some jokes that catered not only to the kids but to the adults paying for the tickets.

Meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in The Boss Baby which is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim (Miles Christopher Bakshi).

It’s well made and exceptionally cute, but The Boss Baby plays it a little too down the middle and it isn’t something that will resonate in the genre long after its opening weekend.

Director Tom McGrath coming off movies like the Madagascar franchise and Megamind has seemingly mastered the soft ball type of comedy that we have grown to expect with these efforts.  The story is simple and easy, one that almost every kind of kid has day dreamed about at one time or another and it plays out easily enough with no real curveballs along the way.  The animation is quality and cute and the jokes are pleasant enough but nothing here really is really being sold for an audience over 10.

Granted I’m sure audiences are looking for any kind of Trump trolling going on here, and obviously Alec Baldwin recorded this role well before he took the part on Saturday Night Live but it’s actually a little disappointing that this doesn’t come off a little smarter then I think it was hoping to.  It’s for the kids, and of course there isn’t a damn thing wrong with that but it leans into the formula a lot more than expected.  It’s a little too note perfect at times and that’s why it’s just a little too thin.

Baldwin has fun leaning into the Boss Baby role but at least he plays it a kid and not like Alec Baldwin just pretending to be a baby.  Miles Bakshi is good opposite him as his older brother Tim which is good because it carries the bulk of the movie, as Lisa Kudrow & Jimmy Kimmel as the parents are a little forgettable and Steve Buscemi never really gets to bit into being an animated villain at all.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing really wrong with The Boss Baby but there’s nothing all that right with it either.  It’s a perfectly acceptable diversion to show the little ones, but they’ll forget all about it pretty soon after the final credits are rolling.

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David Voigt is a Toronto based writer with a problem and a passion for the moving image and all things cinema. Having moved from production to the critical side of the aisle for well over 10 years now at outlets like Examiner.com, Criticize This, Dork Shelf (Now That Shelf), to.Night Newspaper he’s been all across his city, the country and the continent in search of all the news and reviews that are fit to print from the world of cinema.
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