The Boss Baby (2017): Don’t Think, Just Watch 

If you want to know more, Here’s the boss’ official website.

While a lot of animations nowadays inspired by fairy tales or children books, and it gets heavier with so many messages inserted so you have to explain the moral of the movie to your children, The Boss Baby comes releasing you from that tension. The Boss Baby is 2017 Dreamworks computer animation directed by Tom McGrath. It casted Alec Baldwin as the titular character, along with Steve Buscemi as the main antagonist, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Miles Bakshi as Ted, Janice and Tim Templetons, and not to mention our beloved ex-Spiderman Tobey Maguire as the narrator.

What seems to be a perfect life for the imaginative and lively Tim Leslie Templeton (Miles Bakshi) has been ruined by the coming of baby no. 2, The Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin). All the attentions and cares of his parents, Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow), now belong to the baby. Frustrated and jealous, Tim figures out that the baby, that has been weird enough to always wears suits, golden watch and Trump-like haircut, actually can talk and plan something. Tim’s effort to reveal the baby’s secret is failed, but somehow the baby manages to ask Tim’s assistance to complete his mission.

The baby is actually a high executive member of helpless Baby Corp, a company where all the babies have made and sorted, as if the idea of babies being made on factory wasn’t feel strange enough for you. Those babies who’s sensitive to tickles are sorted to be sent to families, and those who aren’t sensitive enough are sent to be the management trainee of Baby Corp. The Boss Baby, for short, is sent to investigate the reason behind the declining market, or in this version LOVE, share for babies. The demand of babies are being declined since the demand of puppies are raising, and Baby Corp is getting lose to Puppy Co, company where Ted and Janice work as marketing. Since Baby Corp finds out that Puppy Co. is going to release their new product, that can claim more market shares, they send The Boss Baby to investigate what puppy they’re going to launch.

The Boss Baby and Tim then manage to work together as a team, with all the goofiness that colors this movie and makes it feels like a cartoon we’ve been missed this day. Though in the end, The Boss Baby realizes that family worth more than his prestigious executive position, it still feels like the message is clear to anyone without felt like it was intended. Some jokes might be more suitable for adults, but still, it’s hilarious. You can also recall some memorable scenes from Mary Poppins (1964) or Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981) on Tim’s imaginations, along with familiar songs from The Beatles and the arrangement of Hans Zimmer. Alec Baldwin voices The Boss Baby brilliantly, almost feels like he’s returning his role of ferocious sales executive on Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), especially with the suits and the golden watch. Tobey Maguire feels recognizable, as Adult Tim or the narrator, and it gives us the feeling of familiarity in this movie. 

Unfortunately, this movie is boring on some spots, and it almost felt like it can be simplified onto a 30-mins short movie but they decided to lengthen the movie with a sticky bubble gums that don’t feel fit too much. However, it still enjoyable to be watch. Pssstt… I even suggest you to watch this movie rather than Smurfs: The Lost Village. 7.8/10.


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