The Boss Baby
review by Bobby Blakey
Dreamworks has delivered some really great animated features throughout the years featuring some memorable characters. Now they are looking to bring yet another to the masses with their latest feature The Boss Baby featuring the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Miles Bakshi, but could it offer up something to promote the animated genre to the next level or should be fired before starting its first day?
The Boss Baby follows seven-year-old Tim Templeton who 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. When the first trailer for this film hit I found it amusing, but never had all that much interest in the overall film. I tried to sit down with an open mind to just try and let it happen and to my surprise I was highly entertained.
Make no mistake this film isn’t breaking down any barriers in the world of animation, but it is pretty funny. I thought the concept was kind of dumb, but the story they have crafted ended up being clever and a lot of fun. The voice cast were all great, but this movie works mostly due to Alec Baldwin’s unique voice bringing the boss baby to life. He brings his usual swagger to the role which is totally necessary to make this character work and he is perfectly cast. The animation is beautiful and offers up some vibrant visuals and great characters to stand out as something worth checking out.
With so many run of the mill animated films out there it was nice finding one that was just ridiculous fun for once that fully bought into its own nonsense for some laughs. In addition to the film this release also includes a gallery, deleted scenes, featurettes and the new mini adventure The Boss Baby and Tim’s Treasure Hunt Through Time. Grab your copy of The Boss Baby available now on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.