The Boss Baby (2017)

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Released:  Friday, March 31, 2017  
Length:  97 minutes
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Genre: Animation/Family
Rating: The Boss Baby is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may not be suitable for children.


Synopsis

DreamWorks Animation and the director of MADAGASCAR invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ THE BOSS BABY. THE BOSS BABY 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. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks‘ THE BOSS BABY is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

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kaleespinks
 It's a great kids movie
07/18/2017 1:49 AM EDT

aubrey_gymnast
 Can't wait to see it
07/17/2017 11:17 AM EDT

slapjack23
 The best
07/16/2017 11:09 PM EDT

larry_123
 Good movie
07/13/2017 8:59 PM EDT

tucker514
 Awesome
07/13/2017 1:04 PM EDT

yadeli05
 Love it
07/12/2017 1:13 PM EDT

autumn_nicole
 Hope it's good
07/10/2017 10:14 PM EDT

kmari123
 It's looks very awesome
07/10/2017 7:17 PM EDT

anthonyont603
 Love this movie
07/10/2017 4:51 PM EDT

rocket49
 First time wachting it
07/03/2017 1:35 PM EDT

meme123
 Hope this is good
07/01/2017 11:48 PM EDT

yahfavnici
 Boss baby's
07/01/2017 12:13 AM EDT

jaimejr
 Omg. A great/ funny movie
06/30/2017 3:30 PM EDT

majurestini
 Funny!
06/30/2017 10:04 AM EDT

the_radd_maggot
 Love the movie
06/21/2017 2:00 AM EDT
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The Boss Baby Theatrical Review


"Kind of disjointed," whispered one correspondent. "Distracting…," murmured another.  Yet, they all boisterously agreed loudly that they found themselves laughing...increasingly.  "It was very funny," many, if not all, declared.  Wherever the disconnect might be, this film is truly funny, inventive, and relatable.

Inspired by the 2010 best-seller by Marla Frazee, The Boss Baby, DreamWorks Animation's family comedy expands on the original 30-page picture book by introducing an older brother.  The premise is at once ludicrous, elaborate and flimsy.  That is precisely why it works.  Boss Baby is fittingly voiced by Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation).  While some aspects of Boss Baby could have been influenced by Baldwin's 30 Rock character, Jack, any semblance to his portrayal of that petulant man-child on Saturday Night Live is purely coincidental as production was well underway (if not, mostly completed) by the time that that iconic portrayal would come to be.  It does appear to be a type that Baldwin exceeds at capturing.  In this case, it is witty, charming, and refreshingly child-friendly.

As anyone might guess, Boss Baby arrives to wreak havoc on his new family.  In this case, however, the impact is seen through the eyes of Tim (voiced by animation heir Miles Bakshi, grandson of Ralph Bakshi most famous for Fritz the Cat and Mighty Mouse; and, Toby Maguire as the reflective adult narrator). Tim's fantastic 7-year-old imagination plays out the arrival of a baby sibling as an outrageously devious plot meant to undermine and disrupt all that Tim knows to be of this world.  Director Tom McGrath blends 2D animation elements spanning the 60s, 70s, and 80s to create the essence of childhood fantasy, and entertainingly intertwines them with the photo realism of today's animation.

As the self-described Boss Baby of his family, McGrath (Madagascar; Megamind) has offered this film as a love/apology letter.  Indeed, the film highlights sibling rivalry and jealousy; but it also captures the bonding and love that is born of the outlandish imagined scenarios of children.  For Tim and his young brother, it is the epic battle that will decide whether puppies or babies are most lovable and desirable.  Their parents (voiced by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kimmel Live!; and Lisa Kudrow; Friends,  The Comeback), work for Puppy Co., and the villainous Francis E. Francis (voiced by Steve Buscemi; Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) who is behind the epically evil plan.  Once they realize that the entire world balance is at stake along with their existence as they know it, (drumroll) they unite forces.  Siblings traversing the wild dangers of the world together; looking out for each other.  

However exaggerated the childhood imagination might appear, it is relatable to everyone.  Parents will feel justifiably tickled (and redeemed) by the metaphorical accuracies of balancing the demands of a new baby; further for those having to introduce that dynamic to an established family routine.  Kids will enjoy the spectacularly absurd plot along with some snort-worthy chuckles (what kid doesn't love a good projectile spit or fart scene).  Anyone that has a sibling (or, has ever felt displaced) will revel in the rightfully, righteously displayed perceived imbalance of a limited amount of love.  (Quick...three times.)  

The soundtrack, which includes original music as well as some familiar favorites (love, love, love Blackbird, and it plays prominently!) complements the visual interplay of animation styles.  In addition to having found the right voices to bring these characters to life, the entire Boss Baby production team is led by a core of talented and accomplished individuals which includes: producer Ramsey Naito (Barnyard; South Park); writer Michael McCullers (Saturday Night Live; Austin Powers); editor James Ryan (Madagascar; The Prince of Egypt); production designer David  James (Mr. Peabody & Sherman; Megamind); head of story Ennio Torresan (Kung Fu Panda; Bee Movie); and Director of Previsualization Kent Seki (Mr. Peabody & Sherman; Iron Man).

There is a follow-up to the original book.  A sequel, I suppose.  The Bossier Baby.  It will be fun to see where (even, if) a new CEO in the family might take us.  I know I have a few ideas of my own; don't tell me you don't.  For now, take the family to watch a fun, relatable flick together.  There will be plenty on which to reflect.

Grade: B+
 

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Tom McGrath and Ramsey Ann Naito Talk The Boss Baby
Tom McGrath and Ramsey Ann Naito Talk The Boss Baby
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