“The Boss Baby” is one of those movies that gives away its own
plot in the trailer. A
7-year-old kid is perfectly happy, being Mom and Dad's one-and-only.
Then baby brother arrives, and everybody has a hard time adjusting.
It's not just that the baby brother is demanding, he's even calls
himself “The Boss”. Like
the old “Toy Story” trick of the toys talking only when the adults
aren't around, so “Boss Baby” doesn't talk when the parents are
around, either. But Big
Brother Tim (the voice of Miles Christopher Bakshi) catches him on the
phone one day, and Boss Baby (the voice of Alec Baldwin) admits that OK,
he can talk, he's actually an adult who's taking a special formula to
allow him to maintain his, um, youthful appearance (a bit of Hollywood
ironical polemic there).
For an animated film, the plot is a bit convoluted, and needn't be
detailed here, except it's something about the folks at the baby factory
competing with their rivals at the puppy farm for a bigger slice of the
family pie. Anyway, Boss Baby
is actually trying to work himself out of the house, and once Tim realizes
that, they form an uneasy partnership for the sake of appearances.
Of course we all know what's going to happen:
they develop an affection for each other despite themselves, and
learn to expand their ideas of what “family” is all about.
Yes, that's a pretty clear moral, despite the muddled storyline.
But even in animation, the sight gags are clearly for fun, and
Dreamworks remembers to insert the cute and fanciful, especially during
Tim's playful imaginings. Even
the credits at the end are charming, backed by a re-make of the old Burt
Bacharach/Hal David tune, “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”
Who would disagree with that?