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Saturday, April 01, 2017

The Boss Baby
Director: Tom McGrath
Cast: (Voice) Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscerni, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and others
Rating: * * ½

It is every parent’s worry—how will the first-born take it when a sibling arrives? 'The Boss Baby' picks a simple idea and makes a mostly enjoyable film.

Tim (voiced by Miles Bakshi) is the only child of his parents (Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow) and is an energetic kid with an overactive imagination. He certainly does not want a baby in the house to divide his parents’ attention.

Much to his surprise, a baby does come in—steps out of a taxi, dressed in black suit and carrying a briefcase. He speaks in the grown-up voice of Alec Baldwin and is there to nix the plan of Puppy Corp to present a perfect puppy to the world and make babies redundant. He comes from a Baby Corp world in which babies remain babies and work in a corporate set-up—Boss Baby wants to be the head honcho with the corner office and private potty, so he must succeed in foiling the enemy plot.

The devious, gangster-ish baby, with his gang of neighbourhood tots, seems to be winning the sibling war with Tim, till the two have to get together and beat a common enemy—the head of Puppy Corp (Steve Buscemi). The film has a retro animation style--characters with huge eyes, not aiming at realistic, but going with a comic book look. Director Tom McGrath works with a children’s book by Marla Frazee, and, it has the standard ‘greed is bad, family is good message’.

However, the film runs out of cuteness after a point, and the frenzied chases get tiresome.
 

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