First Word: The last time Alec Baldwin and Lisa Kudrow teamed up onscreen, it was when he played her annoying beau on Friends. Now he is playing her annoying infant in The Boss Baby, and the team-up is just as terrific. Loosely based on Marla Frazee’s 2010 children’s book, this film is fun, but perhaps overly complex for younger kids.
Synopsis: In this wildly imaginative animated 3D feature from DreamWorks, a new baby’s arrival rocks the whole world of his 7-year-old brother, Tim Templeton (Miles Christopher Bakshi), and not in a good way. Their parents (Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel) try to make sure both boys feel equally loved, however Tim is determined to prove that something just isn’t quite right with the tough-talking, briefcase-brandishing baby. Sibling rivalry must be put aside when Tim discovers that the miniature menace is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a despicable plot that involves an epic battle between babies and puppies. Boss Baby starts running the household like the megalomaniac tycoon he is, but the doting parents just think he’s being a kid. Tim thinks it’s a hostile takeover, and he is not having it. A few hijinks ensue, including a clever chase scene set to old 1970s cop show music and a sequence involving talcum powder than will have all the kiddies giggling. However, things change when Tim comes to the realization that Boss Baby will leave as soon as his mission to defeat the puppy is accomplished. He decides to pitch in to help speed things along, sending him and his little bro out into the big, bad world. 6/10
Characterization: Boss Baby owes everything to Baldwin for giving him a great voice and comedic timing, but beyond that he’s no Stewie (the witty, wisecracking rugrat from “The Family Guy”) and, as it turns out, he’s not even The Boss Baby; as I said, it’s complicated. 6/10
Animation: Boss Baby is visually dazzling. The scene in Las Vegas with Elvis impersonator both looks fantastic and is hilarious. DreamWorks can deliver in the animation department and this film proves it. 7.5/10
Conclusion: This review is a lot shorter because the biggest problem with this movie is it really doesn’t have an audience. The actual story is far too complicated for children and the prevalence of poop jokes are far too pervasive for adults. The movie had several funny moments that are followed by exceptionally confusing moments. The film at its core is a clever comedy for the 10 and under crowd. However, they spend a lot of time trying to get adults on board, but I’m sorry DreamWorks you are just not Pixar.
Final Score: 6.5/10