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Seven-year-old Tim Templeton has always been a boy of an overactive imagination, and for the past seven years, life was all peaches for him, getting all the love and affection from his caring parents. However, life will never be the same and Tim won’t be the centre of attention anymore as the arrival of an improbable new brother named Boss Baby, dressed in a black suit complete with a tie and a briefcase, will shortly rob him of all love, as he takes over the whole Templetons’ house. Nevertheless, although this may be true, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme involving the head of Puppy Co. threatens to tilt the balance of power towards their insidiously adorable furry antagonists, not to mention that the next Pet Convention is in only two days.. Brothers, hurry up.
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“The Boss Baby” presents a literary adaptation challenge not unlike ones found in “Jumanji” and “The Polar Express,” where the filmmakers are tasked with producing 90 minutes of entertainment based on 20 pages of text and illustration. Author Marla Frazee’s 2010 creation was a witty take on the early toddler years and the power of first words. The movie version of “The Boss Baby” is an elaborate fantasy involving magical formulas, alternate worlds, chases, and Elvis impersonators. Much has been change to give the feature something to do, and while screenwriter Michael McCullers gives it his best shot, one can actually feel the strain of the production as it dreams up something to do with a thin concept, throwing anything at the screen to see what sticks.
At Baby Corp, Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) is being sent to Earth to become the newest addition to young Tim’s (Miles Christopher Bakshi) family, delighting his parents, Father (Jimmy Kimmel) and Mother (Lisa Kudrow). However, Tim isn’t used to the new competition for attention, and he’s shocked to learn that Boss Baby can actually speak, creating an office in his bedroom and roping playdate babies into his plans. Out to prove something’s not right, Tim is instead recruited for duty by Boss Baby, who shares dire news that Baby Corp is about to be shut down, faced with killer competition from Francis E. Francis (Steve Buscemi) and Puppy Co., who are about to unleash their latest innovation in puppy cuteness, finally putting an end to infant idolatry. While they’re learning to get along, Boss Baby and Tim are forced to partner up to figure out Francis’s scheme, coming together as brothers.
“The Boss Baby” is actually narrated by an older Tim, voiced by Tobey Maguire. Why we’re hearing from an adult version of the main character isn’t clarified, but the movie doesn’t bother with voiceover guidance for very long, soon on its way to cross off items on a very long to-do list of exposition, starting with the concept of a baby corporation located in the sky that sends most infants to happy homes, but keeps a few that show leadership potential, giving them a place in the head office at Baby Corp. Director Tim McGrath (“The Penguins of Madagascar”) has fun with the potential of such a fantasy, leading a CG animation charge that’s blinding with colors and loaded with corporate satire, with the titular character fond of memos and meetings, trying to keep his diapered team on the same page. Considering the simplicity of the source material, “The Boss Baby” takes a grand step away from what Frazee’s work was trying to accomplish, burying the heart of the original book under layers of fantasy lands and cartoon ambition.
“The Boss Baby” is a bizarre movie, and it lacks expected cuteness. Instead of embracing the peculiarities and rituals of infancy, McCullers is in a hurry to establish villainy, keeping the puppy crisis on the front burner while Tim tries to figure out a way to prove to his parents that Boss Baby isn’t who he seems. Brotherhood bonds are more pronounced, and while bodily function humor is plentiful, there’s less poo-poo, pee-pee jokes than expected, which is either the result of rare production restraint or studio concern about threatening the effort’s PG rating. However, there’s nothing to replace booger jokes, just some early introductory comedy from the new addition to the house, tired parent sight gags, and a deep dive into Puppy Co.’s plan to take over the world via cute dogs, taking away demand for new babies. Some mild action, slapstick, and a weird obsession with toys from the 1980s are also peppered around the film.
The story ends up in Las Vegas for the grand finale, but it takes some time to get there, dealing with Francis’s evil ways and placement of a scary babysitter in the household. Tim and Boss Baby are forced to find their way to Sin City, and they hitch a ride with an Elvis impersonator convention, which clearly identifies the movie’s tired sense of humor. “The Boss Baby” is pleasantly animated, and character design holds to an appealing, Margaret Keane-inspired level of big-eyed expressiveness, but when it comes time for the feature to actually do something, the production doesn’t have a clue where to go. The film is overplotted and undernourished in the comedy department, losing steam the harder it tries to assign some type of dramatic significance to a concept that barely filled a children’s picture book.
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