Weekly Movie Review: Boss Baby

Boss Baby; Had potential but lack of story stunts growth

For many, and often due to a variety of reasons, work can be an extremely frustrating experience. If not for fulfilling our need of regular, steady income, giving up the stress, long hours and grating co-workers normally associated with most positions would be a relatively easy task, not requiring a second thought. Almost as an added bonus, all jobs, no matter how mundane or mindless, come with an overseer, a superior, a boss. No matter how accommodating, caring or terrible the person in charge at a particular place of employment, chances are pretty good it’s not an infant. In one new film, that’s exactly the case. 

Boss Baby is the story of seven-year-old Tim and his happy family. Being an only child, most family time consists of rituals with Tim as the center of attention. However, Tim’s world is rocked when his parents come home with a baby boy. His parents are smitten with their newest bundle of joy; Tim feels very different on the matter. Looking to rid his house of the creature now consuming every second of the parents’ attention, Tim gets to work. However, while conducting surveillance on his newfound sworn enemy, Tim makes a startling discovery: the infant can talk.

As it turns out, the place where all babies come from, BabyCorp., has sent Tim’s baby brother on an extremely important and time-sensitive mission. The baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) is hoping to figure out why puppies are getting more attention than infants and then find a way to reverse that disturbing, new trend. In a race against the clock and cute, adorable puppies, the two foes make a startling discovery and just may grow to love another in the process.

While Boss Baby does have an interesting premise, the story is fairly weak, leaving much to be desired as the end credits start rolling. The film seems to understand its lack of story as it spends an excessive amount of time developing these characters and showcasing their mildly amusing antics. It’s not until ¾ of the way through the film that the story progresses in any real, discernible way. Even when the film reaches its conclusion and the characters achieve their goal, the ending feels rushed and tacked on. Attempting to produce laughs through the use of tired jokes and gags seems to be the film’s first priority, while telling a story is an obvious distant second.

If there is any bright spot in the film, it’s in seeing and hearing Alec Baldwin’s voice coming from a well-dressed infant. The absolute absurdity of hearing an animated infant spouting the vocabulary of a college-educated adult is admittedly hilarious. However, the film relies too heavily on this aspect to help mask its absence of story and original material and suffers greatly because of it.

Boss Baby is a film, if executed correctly, could’ve been a home run. However, due to its deficiency in story and other similar problems, it’s barely a base hit. 2.5 out of 5.