In Review: The Boss Baby (U) on the big screen at Cineworld. Is the humour quota on track?

The Boss Baby

Rating: 4/5 - Very good, lots to enjoy


Seven year old Tim (voiced by Miles Bakshi) is an only child but is blissfully happy living with his adoring parents (Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow).

His contentment is destroyed when one day a mysterious, suit-wearing, briefcase-wielding baby appears out of a taxi.

Tim soon discovers that the baby can talk and is working with a team of others to topple the world-love domination of puppies. If too much love goes to puppies people will no longer love babies, threatening the whole world. Despite loathing each other, Tim and Boss Baby must put their animosity aside and team up to restore love to the human race.
Review, by Jason Day

Dreamworks Animation, the people behind the hugely successful Shrek and Madagascar film series, crank out another animated smash-hit, as ingeniously thought out as their previous work.

You'd be forgiven for sensing a certain Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) feel to this movie - the wit is cutting and quick and the 'boss baby' not only talks like that film's stunning Alec Baldwin, telling his baby cohorts that 'cookies are for closers', but he also has Baldwin's look, right down to slicked back hair and a Rolex watch.

This movie is hugely fun for adults and kids alike, which is essential to Dreamworks' success in this field. But is it becoming too much? Is the studio running out of steam? I detected a slight dip in the laugh ratio here so, hopefully, with all the brains they employ, the humour quota is ramped up next time.

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Cast & credits

Director: Tom McGrath. 98 mins. Dreamworks SKG. (U)
Producer: Ramsey Ann Naito.
Writer: Michael McCullers.
Music: Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer.
Alec Baldwin, Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, James McGrath, Conrad Vernon, ViviAnn Yee, Eric Bell Jr.

Image courtesy Dreamworks/20th Century Fox.