The Boss Baby
The Boss Baby – A Suited Up Baby’s Story to Make You Giggle Like a baby
Movie Review by Vineetha Saikumar (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
For a long time now, we’ve watched and accepted quirky and unrealistic animated stories in the form of talking cars, fish, toys, personified emotions, and even food. The Boss Baby too falls under this category, with imagination being the hero of the film.
Directed by Tom McGrath, the film is about a suited up baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) who works for Baby Corp, a company that “manufactures” babies. Baby Corp is on a mission to save the world from adorable puppies who are believed to be attracting all the love the world has to offer. Based on Marla Frazee’s book with the same name, The Boss Baby is the story of Tim Templeton (Miles Bakshi) and the life he leads with his mother (Lisa Kudrow) and father (Jimmy Kimmel).
The first ten minutes of the film describe Tim’s life with his parents and how he enjoys being the only child and receiving his parents’ attention. The screenplay, however, isn’t as simple. It involves a lot of Tim’s hyperactive imagination, from fighting off apes and being in a sea beast’s stomach to saving the day.
He loves his parents as much as he hates the new addition to the Templeton family. His idea of a perfect family consists of just him and his parents. However, his parents have something in store for him – a new baby brother. Tim’s life is quickly turned upside down with the arrival of his baby brother, and he begins to think that his parents don’t love him anymore, a feeling that isn’t uncommon among older sibling. Tim discovers that his baby brother is a hard-working, business-minded employee sent down to Earth to save the world from Puppy Corp CEO’s (Steve Buscemi) plan that will make babies redundant. The story revolves around how Tim and the Boss Baby team up to save the day.
The Boss Baby’s screenplay (by Michael McCullers) is filled with tiny stories that are well connected, ensuring that the story doesn’t veer off-track and that it instead captures the audience’s attention. This makes the various pauses in the screenplay worth it. While the many subplots and twists may not contribute to the plot of the film, they sure seem to keep the audience in hysterics.
The film isn’t very emotional; its average storyline combined with the complex portrayal of various situations makes you wonder whether they actually happened or if it’s all a product of Tim’s imagination.
The 3D visuals are breath-taking, and one of DreamWorks Animation’s best works after the Madagascar series. Tom McGrath makes sure that all the visuals come together to tell a story, including swift movement in the imaginary situations in Tim’s head and the family’s adventures and misadventures.
One of the more fast-paced films of 2017, The Boss Baby is a lovable and funny movie. The storyline would have been a great short film as well if not for the complicated portrayals that nonetheless make you giggle like a baby.