|Alec Baldwin as "the Boss" and Miles Christopher Bakshi as "Tim" in The Boss Baby (DreamWorks)|
MOVIE REVIEWIn our animated world where every cartoon character, board game and app gets their own movie, it’ nice to see Hollywood take a step back a bit and start from scratch. Okay, so The Boss Baby wasn’t completely built from the ground up. It was inspired by the children’s picture book of the same name by Marla Frazee, but the book only lays the ground work. Director Tom McGrath took it from there.
Despite what you think the movie is about from seeing the TV commercials that only highlight the hijinks that little ones will appreciate, The Boss Baby is actually a lot more clever than it first appears. It’s like two movies pushed into one. The kids will like all the silly cartoony things that happen on the screen, but their parents will enjoy the “old school” look to the animation, the many different references to other movies and the film’s wit. In the screening I attended, there were parts in the story where the kids would laugh while parents sat silent and then vice versa.
|Mom (Lisa Kudrow), Dad (Jimmy Kimmel) and the|
Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin).
Now, before you roll your eyes, you need to realize that part of this story is being told from a seven-year-old boy’s point of view. The audience gets to see that most of the antics are figments of Tim’s imagination and the story as a whole is a metaphor about the struggles older children face when new siblings come into the family. They fear that the new members will get all of mom and dad’s love and leave nothing left for them.
The Boss Baby features an excellent voice cast including Jimmy Kimmel as “Dad,” Lisa Kudrow as “Mom” and newcomer Miles Christopher Bakshi as Tim. (Miles’ grandfather used to work on Mighty Mouse cartoons by the way.) The style of the cartoon is reminiscent of older Warner Bros. cartoons which is also a lot of fun. Now, the film is a little overly long during the last quarter of its run time, but overall, this is an excellent film that is actually “pro-family” which is a nice change in today’s more sarcastic fare.